Iran/ Nuclear issue – Publication of the IAEA report (August 29, 2013)
The report issued by the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding the Iranian nuclear program shows that there has been no concrete change in Iran’s attitude with respect to complying with its international obligations. France deplores this.
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.
These texts also require Iran’s full cooperation with the IAEA in order to shed full light on the possible military dimension of its nuclear program. This still hasn’t been possible despite the Agency’s repeated efforts. We support the parameters set out by the director general aimed at agreeing with Iran on a common approach to addressing these issues. They are essential in order to allow the IAEA to effectively carry out its verification mission.
As President Hollande underscored in his speech at the Ambassadors’ Conference, there’s a pressing need to ensure that negotiations swiftly lead to concrete gestures by Iran that are verifiable and can be verified on the ground. France, together with its partners in the E3+3 group, stands ready.