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Published on August 24, 2015
Interview given by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, to the weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche

Paris, August 23, 2015


Q. – Since your return from Tehran, have you anticipated the possibility of a negative vote by the American Congress on the nuclear agreement with Iran or the possibility that President Obama’s veto over such a negative vote might be rejected by congressmen? What would become of this historic deal then?

THE MINISTER – I don’t believe in that possibility, and above all I don’t wish for it. American congressmen hostile to the agreement are claiming it would be possible to renegotiate it. That’s unrealistic. My colleague John Kerry assures me that the number of votes to block the agreement will be insufficient. But let’s imagine the hypothesis for a moment. Do you think the Russians or the Chinese would continue to implement sanctions against Iran if the agreement we all supported were called into question by the Americans? No. President Obama isn’t wrong to say that the alternative to a rejection of the agreement would be a military conflict with Iran! (…)./.

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