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Iran – Nuclear issue (May 23, 2013)

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.

Indeed, this report confirms that Iran has continued to step up its nuclear activities, in violation of numerous resolutions of the Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors. Iran is notably increasing its uranium enrichment capacities and is making progress toward the construction of a heavy water reactor capable of producing plutonium.

In spite of the international community’s demands, Iran has, for 18 months now, refused to engage in substantive discussions with the IAEA on the problems arising from its nuclear program.

Despite its assertions, Iran is still failing to provide any evidence to support the civilian nature of its nuclear program. This attitude is in direct contrast to the restoration of trust mentioned by the Iranian authorities at the E3+3 meeting in Almaty on February 27.

In the next few days we will discuss with our partners on the IAEA Board of Governors the response to this information. It should allow us to bring more diplomatic pressure to bear on Iran, commensurate with the progress on its nuclear program.



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