French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesperson Remarks on Draft Iranian Sanctions Resolution (Excerpts)

May 19, 2010

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Q - Brazil's ambassador to the UN stated yesterday that his country did not want to discuss a new resolution on Iran at the Security Council because "a new situation" now existed. What is your reaction and do you think you will be able to convince Brazil and Turkey of the legitimacy of the text that you support? Does France believe that Iran should be punished since it has violated its commitments and the NPT Treaty?

A draft resolution was submitted to the UN Security Council yesterday. It was the result of a consensus within the "E3+3" Group, following discussions that have been taking place since January. Iran's attitude has resulted in this draft; Iran has refused to engage in any discussions concerning its nuclear program since October 1, in violation of the resolutions of the Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors.

This is the continuation of the strategy introduced in 2006 involving a two-pronged approach aimed at putting pressure on Iran to comply with its international obligations, in particular the 5 Security Council resolutions, and to introduce transparency and build trust regarding its nuclear program.

The agreement reached on the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR), thanks to the mediation efforts of Brazil and Turkey, will be examined based on the detailed written proposals that Iran must submit to the IAEA.

Q - Is France, which lent its support to Brazil, happy that this country and Turkey will now be associated with the 5+1 Group?

The Security Council's successive resolutions on Iran have underlined and reaffirmed the role of the E3+3 Group and the High Representative with regard to reaching a negotiated solution with Iran concerning its nuclear program.

It is not up to us to change the composition of this group which was authorized by the international community for this purpose.