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Iran - Nuclear issue (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - June 10, 2013)

Q : With respect to Iran, what’s your response to the most recent developments at the Iranian heavy water facility in Arak? Are you satisfied by the “guarantees” provided by Tehran with respect to the IAEA’s access to this site and Iran’s statements regarding the final purpose of the program in Arak?

A : 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.

The construction of a heavy water reactor in Arak is extremely troubling and will allow Iran, once the reactor is operational, to produce plutonium. As the IAEA director general reaffirmed in his report of May 22, Iranian cooperation with the agency has long been woefully inadequate with respect to the heavy water reactor in Arak. Since 2006 Iran has refused to provide up-to-date information on the design of the reactor. It has also prevented any access to the heavy water production plant for more than two years.

Despite its assertions, Iran is therefore still failing to provide any evidence that its nuclear activities – heavy water-related activities as well as uranium enrichment activities – only have a civilian purpose.

We call on Iran to heed the message of unity and firmness regarding its failure to uphold its obligations delivered last week in Vienna at the IAEA by the E3+3 group (France, Germany, the UK, the United States, Russia and China). Otherwise, diplomatic pressure on Iran will continue to increase.


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