French President Francois Hollande assured Israel on Sunday that France will oppose the easing of sanctions on Iran until it is certain that Tehran has ended its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
“France will not give way on nuclear proliferation. So long as we are not certain that Iran has renounced nuclear arms, we will keep in place all our demands and sanctions,” Hollande said during a welcoming ceremony at Tel Aviv’s airport at the beginning of his three-day visit to Israel.
The French president’s words give support to an intense campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to toughen the terms of a proposed nuclear deal with Iran ahead of the third round of talks in Geneva this week.
But Iranian policymaker and scholar Seyed Hossein Mousavian told RT that France is blocking a peaceful deal because of unfounded claims by Israel.