The historic nuclear deal with Iran was blocked by the French who insisted that Iran should freeze and stop all construction of their Arak nuclear power plant. Why is France insisting on this issue when major powers, including the U.S., have agreed that Arak timetable is not so urgent that it couldn’t be dealt with in the next 6 months ? Experts question whether Arak plant should have become a deal-breaker.“Arak is not supposed to come on line until after the middle of next year, so it’s not so urgent that it couldn’t be dealt with in the next six months,” said Mark Fitzpatrick, a non-proliferation specialist at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
For the past several years, both France and Israel have been urging the international community to deal with Iran’s nuclear ambition. Yet, France blocks a deal with Iran, and Netanyahu who has been banging the drum of war against Iran since 1995, now asks “What’s the rush?