|Senator hints France could build nuclear power plant in Iran||
TEHRAN – French Senator Philippe Marini has not ruled out the possibility that France could build a nuclear power plant in Iran once a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program is finalized, saying “everything is possible,” but refused to elaborate.
The senator made the remarks during a press conference in Tehran on Monday at the end of a six-day trip to Iran by a French parliamentary delegation, which he led.
Marini held meetings with Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, the Supreme Leader’s advisor, Ali Akbar Velayati, and a number of other Iranian officials.
Iran and the six major powers -- the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia, and China -- are building on an interim deal struck in November, under which Tehran agreed to limit part of its nuclear activities in return for the easing of some sanctions imposed on the country over its nuclear program. They have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a comprehensive deal that would lead to a gradual lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions.
Senator Marini noted that contrary to the Western media’s claims, the Iranian economy has not been brought to its knees due to the sanctions imposed on the country. However, he added that Tehran needs to take measures to strengthen its economy through the implementation of various projects and the attraction of investment.
“Although the sanctions are painful and harsh for Iran’s economy and the Iranian people, they are also hurtful and painful for Western companies, particularly European companies, which used to have major transactions with Iran,” he added.
Marini expressed hope that once conditions allow international investors to come to Iran, French companies will be able to compete in the Iranian market.
He went on to say that Iran and France could cooperate in various areas, such as medicine, environmental protection, agriculture, cosmetics, and the aviation industry.
He also praised the “consistency of approach” of the government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, saying such an approach can help earn the West’s trust and can also help guarantee regional stability.
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