Iran - Nuclear issue (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - November 23, 2012)
A : First of all, it’s up to him, not me, to respond and interpret and paraphrase his statements. Secondly, the discussions with the Iranians are in fact being conducted within a very specific, ad-hoc framework, i.e. the 5+1 or 3+3, depending on what definition you use, and the Iranian negotiator isn’t the Iranian ambassador in Paris, but Mr. Jalili, who is the P5+1 interlocutor for everything that relates to the Iranian nuclear issue.
Thirdly, and within the framework of these discussions, the approach that’s been used for almost 10 years is the so-called double-track approach, which involves demonstrating openness to talk and negotiate with the Iranians on the one hand and, on the other hand, ensuring that they comply with their international obligations, pursuant to both the Security Council resolutions and the IAEA Board of Governors’ resolutions.
As things stand, since Iran is not complying with its international obligations, several rounds of sanctions have been imposed, at the European level as far as we’re concerned and at the national level with respect to the United States. We will have an opportunity to come back to this issue very soon, at the next IAEA Board of Governors’ meeting. We recently received the IAEA’s report which confirms once again that Iran is not fully cooperating with the agency, and is even hindering and preventing its verification work, that it is continuing its nuclear program at levels of enrichment that no civilian use of nuclear power – to which Iran is entitled – would justify.