The Security Council has just adopted Resolution 1929 by a great majority. This is the fourth sanctions resolution against Iran. As with each of the previous resolutions regarding Tehran, the five permanent members voted in its favour. It includes measures in many areas, including transport, arms, and the banking and financial sectors.
This resolution once again highlights the international community’s deep concerns about the Iranian nuclear programme, which were further confirmed by the IAEA’s latest report. It showed that Iran is continuing its enrichment activities and its projects linked to heavy water, in breach of resolutions from the Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors, and without any credible civilian aim. The report also stated that Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA remains wholly insufficient, especially on issues linked to the military aspect of the Iranian programme.
The Security Council’s newly-adopted resolution is also due to Iran’s refusal to respond to the numerous offers of dialogue and cooperation from the Six (Germany, China, United States, France, United Kingdom and Russia).
This stance left the international community with no option but to strengthen sanctions against Iran. By deciding for the fourth time to adopt sanctions aimed at the Iranian leaders - and not the people - they are sending out a very clear message: Iran can either continue its sensitive activities in breach of international law and therefore face increased isolation, or it can choose to cooperate and finally accept to enter into genuine negotiations with the Six.
The sanctions are not an end in themselves. The resolution, and the statement from the six Foreign Affairs Ministers after the vote, recall that we want to reach a negotiated solution which meets the needs of Iran while reassuring the international community as to the purposes of its nuclear programme.
France expresses its thanks to Brazil and Turkey for their efforts to this effect.
The door to dialogue remains open and we hope that Iran will finally decide to cooperate.
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We, the Foreign Ministers of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our determination and commitment to seek an early negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.
The adoption of UNSCR 1929, while reflecting the international community’s concern about the Iranian nuclear programme and reconfirming the need for Iran to comply with the UN Security Council and IAEA Board of Governors requirements, keeps the door open for continued engagement between E3+3 and Iran.
The aim of our efforts is to achieve a comprehensive and long-term settlement which would restore international confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme, while respecting Iran’s legitimate rights to the peaceful use of atomic energy. We are resolute in continuing our work for this purpose. We also welcome and commend all diplomatic efforts in this regard, especially those recently made by Brazil and Turkey on the specific issue of the Tehran Research Reactor.
We reaffirm our June 2008 proposals, which remain valid, as confirmed by resolution 1929. We believe these proposals provide a sound basis for future negotiations. We are prepared to continue dialogue and interaction with Iran in the context of implementing the understandings reached during the Geneva meeting of 1 October 2009. We have asked Baroness Ashton, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to pursue this with Dr. Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council at the earliest opportunity.
We expect Iran to demonstrate a pragmatic attitude and to respond positively to our openness towards dialogue and negotiations.
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