France expects partial lifting of Iran sanctions in December

PARIS – France’s foreign minister says sanctions against Iran could be partially lifted as soon as December, with a Europe-wide decision in coming weeks.

Laurent Fabius told Europe 1 radio Monday that to start lifting the sanctions “a Europe-wide decision is necessary. That’s expected in several weeks, for a partial lifting that is targeted, reversible.”

Fabius participated in weekend talks between Iranian officials and world powers that ended with an agreement allowing Iran to keep the central elements of its uranium program while stopping its enrichment at a level lower than what is needed for nuclear arms. In addition to a six-month window for Iran to allow more U.N. access to nuclear sites, the sanctions that have devastated the country’s economy will be eased, though not ended.