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  • Iran nuclear issue - What is France's role in the negotiations ?

    The Iranian nuclear programme became a subject of concern for the international community starting in 2002, when the existence was uncovered of clandestine uranium enrichment sites at Natanz, and linked to the heavy water facility at Arak (production plant and research reactor).

  • Iran – airplane accident (10.08.14)

    We were saddened to learn of the heavy death toll in yesterday’s plane crash in Mehrabad, Iran. France offers its condolences to the victims’ families and to the Iranian authorities.

  • Iran – Response by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to a question from the National Assembly (12.11.13)

    "France’s position, which is shared by the international community, is as follows: Iran is perfectly entitled to use civilian nuclear energy, but not the atom bomb. That is our position, which underpins every aspect of the negotiations. A few days ago, we had a long negotiating session in Geneva. It was useful. France offered its contribution. I want to emphasize that our position is the position of all six countries, the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany."

  • Iran - Nuclear issue (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 14.10.13)

    The arrangements for the negotiation session due to take place in Geneva on October 15 and 16 were agreed with Iran in New York; according to these arrangements the discussions will take place at the political director level and will be chaired by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

  • Iran/ Nuclear issue – Publication of the IAEA report (29.08.13)

    The IAEA report shows that Iran has continued to pursue its uranium enrichment activities, notably the expansion of its capacities as a result of research and development, and its heavy water-related activities, given the progress toward the construction of the heavy water reactor in Arak. The resolutions of the Security Council and the Board of Governors require the suspension of all these activities.

  • Iran - Nuclear program (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 07.08.13)

    It is up to Iran to demonstrate its seriousness by providing specific answers to the proposals formulated in Almaty and by making concrete gestures to respond to international concerns about its nuclear program. If Iran is indeed ready, France, with its partners in the E3+3 group, is also prepared to resume discussions.

  • Meeting between Laurent Fabius and the Iranian Ambassador (06.08.13)

    Noting President Rouhani’s expressed desire for dialogue, the minister emphasized that France, like its partners, is ready to work with the new authorities but that it expects concrete actions from Iran in response to international concerns about the aims of its nuclear program, its involvement in Syria and the human rights situation.

  • Iran - Nuclear issue (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 10.06.13)

    The resolutions of the UN Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors demand the suspension of all Iranian heavy water-related activities. The installation of the reactor vessel, if it were to be confirmed by the IAEA, would constitute a further breach by Iran of its obligations and an additional provocation.

  • Iran – Nuclear issue (23.05.13)

    The IAEA Director General’s most recent report shows that Iran is continuing to give priority to the path of defiance and denial over that of dialogue. Once again, this is a choice that we deplore.

  • Iran – IAEA report (21.02.13)

    The information contained in the IAEA Director-General’s most recent report is very troubling and represents a further step in the wrong direction by Iran.

  • Yemen/ Iran – Interception by Yemen of a shipment of arms presumed to be from Iran (13.02.13)

    France calls on the UN Sanctions Committee to immediately investigate the information provided to it by Yemen. In this respect, we commend Yemen’s effective cooperation and its resolute action. Iran must comply with its international obligations and the Security Council resolutions, and put an end to its activities that threaten the stability of the region and its neighbors.

  • Iran – House arrest of Mr. Moussavi and Mr. Karroubi – Statement by Laurent Fabius (13.02.13)

    France condemns this intolerable situation and calls on the Iranian authorities to honor their international commitments on freedom of opinion and expression, by immediately releasing all those who have been arbitrarily detained. I am thinking of the human rights defenders Nasrin Sotoudeh, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah and Abdolfattah Soltani, among many others, but also of the journalists who were imprisoned at the end of January.

  • Executions in Iran (02.02.13)

    France condemns the executions by hanging of 5 prisoners carried out in Iran on February 2. These executions contravene Iran’s international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which it freely subscribed. According to the information available to us and in the absence of official statistics, at least 400 executions are known to have been carried out in 2012, making Iran a country with one of the highest death penalty rates.

  • Iran – Arrest of journalists (28.01.13)

    France condemns the arrest of more than 10 Iranian journalists accused of having been in contact with foreign-based Persian-language media organizations. Like the pressure exerted on journalists’ friends and families, these arrests constitute an unacceptable violation of the fundamental rights of Iranian citizens to enjoy free and objective information.

  • Executions in Iran (22.01.13)

    France condemns the two executions by hanging carried out in public on January 20 in Iran. Iran is thereby violating its international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which it freely subscribed. More than 350 executions are known to have been carried out in Iran in 2012, making it a country with one of the highest death penalty rates.

  • Iran – Musicians’ arrest (11.01.13)

    France deplores the arrest of five members of a music group deemed illegal by the Iranian authorities. This arrest comes at a time of growing repression of the arts community in Iran.



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