French foreign minister to visit Iran for business opportunities

  • AP, Paris
  • Updated: Jul 15, 2015 15:42 IST

France is wasting no time taking advantage of possible business opportunities from the global nuclear deal with Iran, and foreign minister Laurent Fabius has said he'll pay a personal visit.

Fabius said on Wednesday that his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif "reinvited me yesterday when we parted" after an initial invitation he had refused.

Fabius tells Europe 1 radio he will go to Iran, though he has not said when. He says there are obviously interesting commercial perspectives, though he says that's not why the nuclear deal was made.

He says "there was a risk of war" without assuring Iran doesn't possess the atomic bomb.

The deal allows for a phased approach to lifting international sanctions hampering Iran's economy. Tehran gets to collect more than $100 billion in assets frozen overseas.

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