In a message before the nuclear negotiation, France has said that Iran should first bow in order to win the "trust" of western nations:
France Says Iran Must Take First Nuclear Steps
France Says Iran Must Take First Nuclear Steps - WSJ.com
PARIS—Iran must take the first confidence-building steps during coming talks on Tehran's nuclear program with six major powers, French foreign minister Alain Juppé said Thursday.
Mr. Juppé said Tehran should not expect the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, China and Russia to come into talks armed with concessions until Tehran acts first to show its nuclear program isn't meant for military purposes.
"France is of the opinion—and will remain firm on its position—that this discussion should not start with a unilateral gesture from the six countries," Mr. Juppé told a group of reporters. "It's up to Iran to make the gesture and after we will see based on its good will and real cooperation."
Talks between Iran and the six countries were set to take place in Istanbul on April 13-14, according to diplomats, but in recent days Iran has signaled that Baghdad is now its preferred choice for talks. "We are preparing for April 13-14 in a location to be determined," said Mr. Juppé.
As part of the talks, the Obama administration and its diplomatic partners are preparing to ask Tehran to cease enriching uranium at levels dangerously close to weapons grade, according to officials briefed on the plan. The U.S. and many others say the Iranian program is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. Tehran denies that accusation.
"The acquisition by Iran of atomic weapons would be a catastrophe that would affect not just the stability of the region but of the world," said Mr. Juppe. "We are doing everything to convince Iran to denounce this military nuclear program."
The minister reaffirmed France's view that Iran be subjected to "extremely strong sanctions without precedent."
The challenges that lie ahead for a successful conclusion to talks with Iran remain daunting. The talks will take place during an election year in the U.S., with Israel warning that it can't wait a long time before taking action against Iran's nuclear activities.
"This option is being examined by the Israeli government," said Mr. Juppé. "I think we have to do everything to avoid it."