Paris, July 19, 2014
The Group of Six and Iran have jointly decided to continue until November the negotiation of a long-term agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue. This decision follows three weeks of intense discussions in Vienna, led under the aegis of Catherine Ashton, to whom I want to pay tribute.
France would like this new deadline to allow Iran finally to make the essential choices we expect in order to reach a comprehensive, credible, lasting agreement.
The discussions with Iran have allowed progress to be made on certain points, but significant differences remain on several subjects, particularly uranium enrichment. Iran, which says it wants to pursue an exclusively peaceful nuclear programme, must act accordingly, especially as regards its enrichment capacity.
Finally, we are not forgetting that Iran must continue to cooperate closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency on unresolved matters linked to the possible military dimensions. Iran has made a commitment with the Agency to there being results before the end of August. These will send an important signal about how serious Iran is before our discussions resume in September./.