The French took a "shocking and interesting" stand against the Iranian regime in marathon talks with Tehran to curb Iran's nuclear program -- and "trumped" Secretary of State John Kerry in the process, human-rights activist Banafsheh Zand said Monday.
"It was the French who scuttled the deal . . . really quite shocking and interesting is the fact that the François Hollande administration is very, very against the Iranian regime," Zand told The Steve Malzberg show on Newsmax TV.
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A round of international talks in Geneva fell short of an expected deal early Sunday after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius objected
, saying the terms of a preliminary accord were too easy on Tehran.
"Hollande has actually been interestingly firm . . . and the fact that Kerry was trumped in the face of the Iranian regime by the French is really quite interesting," Zand said. "It's a great turn, actually."
Zand, who also is a writer and film producer, said the Iranian regime has "continued to act like the shady characters that they are at every turn that any Western nation has tried to negotiate with them."
"It's a never-ending dance," she said, "and anyone who thinks that they can possibly get this regime to capitulate and to accept any deal or to play nice and behave is really somebody who . . . has not done their research and doesn't understand the nature and mandate of the Iranian regime. They will never negotiate . . . and Mr. Kerry is trying to bamboozle the illiterate of this world in acting like he is being 'democratic minded' or patient with a rogue regime that we all know isn't going to deal."
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