(Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - February 14, 2013)
Q : The IAEA confirmed this morning that there has been no agreement with Iran on the structured approach and that Tehran has reiterated its refusal to grant it access to the Parchin site. What’s your reaction to that?
A : Iran’s continued refusal to finalize its discussions with the IAEA in order to shed full light on the purpose of its nuclear program is very troubling.
The IAEA has been making significant efforts for several months to get answers from Iran to its questions and to obtain access to the sites and personnel concerned. Unfortunately, Iran has not taken the opportunity during its meetings with the IAEA to finally commit to a process of cooperation and transparency. Conversely, we note that Iran has announced the installation of new generation centrifuges at the Natanz plant, aimed at accelerating its uranium enrichment program.
Iran must cooperate with the IAEA in accordance with its international obligations, and as demanded under the resolutions of the Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors, notably those adopted in November 2011 and September 2012.
The Board of Governors, which is due to meet at the beginning of March, must make an uncompromising assessment of Iran’s failings. This will provide an opportunity to remind Iran once again of its international obligations and to draw the consequences.