Hopes for an Iranian nuclear deal fell short this weekend,
with the French reportedly vetoing a dealthey found too easy on Tehran.
“One wants a deal … but not a sucker’s deal,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.
If true, this would be an embarrassment for the Obama administration, which has promised to be tough on Iran and never to let the country obtain a nuclear weapon.
Notably, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) tweeted that France “had the courage to prevent a bad nuclear agreement with Iran. Vive la France!”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pushed back, however, publicly saying that Obama was firm in his commitment. Of Obama, Kerry said that the red line with Iran “is a centrepiece of his foreign policy, and he will not bluff.”
Kerry further said that what was holding back the deal was not the French, but that the Iranians negotiators needed to check with their superiors.
The Iranian foreign minister took to Twitter and fired back at Kerry’s remarks:
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