France Foils 'Sucker's Deal' on Iran Nuclear Talks

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Nuclear talks between Iran and the world's leading powers ended over the weekend with no agreement. Still, all sides agreed that progress had been made, saying a deal is on the horizon.

Negotiations with Iran center on easing economic sanctions, but only if the Islamic Republic agrees to suspend uranium enrichment. The United States and others believe the enriched uranium will be used to produce nuclear weapons.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States and its allies agreed to a deal, but the Iranians didn't accept it.

However his statements contradicted French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who said his country wouldn't accept the U.S.-backed proposal, calling it a "sucker's deal."

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He added that it didn't address the security concerns of Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the proposal leaves Iran's nuclear program intact.

"It's a bad and dangerous deal, it deals with things that affect our survival. And when it comes to the question of Jewish survival and the survival of the Jewish state I will not be silenced, ever. Not on my watch," Netanyahu said.

Kerry defended U.S. efforts at diplomacy with Iran, saying they won't sign a bad deal.

"We are not blind, and I don't think we're stupid. I think we have a pretty strong sense of how to measure whether or not we are acting in the interests of our country and of the globe, and particularly of our allies like Israel and Gulf states and others in the region," Kerry said.

"We are absolutely determined that this would be a good deal, or there'll be no deal," he said.

Kerry said Netanyahu's rejection of the deal is premature. He said the talks will give Israel greater security.

But Netanyahu has repeatedly said sanctions, which brought Iran to the table in the first place, should not be eased at this point.

He criticized the proposal because it leaves Iran's nuclear program intact.

"This is the deal that is proposed now," Netanyahu said. "Iran does not roll back its nuclear weapons-making capacities at all, but the P5+1 (U.S., U.K., France, Germany, China and Russia) are rolling back sanctions. That's a bad deal. That's a dangerous deal."

Over the weekend, Netanyahu spoke with leaders of all the P5+1 members, with the exception of China, telling them the deal is "dangerous to world peace because it relieves the sanctions' pressure that it took years to build and also because Iran would retain its ability to enrich uranium and also to move forward on the plutonium track."

Talks between the two sides are scheduled to resume Nov. 20.

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