French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesperson Remarks on Iranian Sanctions and Nuclear Fuel Swap

May 17, 2010

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

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Q - Following the agreement made between Iran, Turkey and Brazil, does France support the suspension of the UN process aimed at seeking a new sanctions resolution against Iran?

The announcement of an Iranian response regarding the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR), more than six months after the IAEA issued its initial proposal, can be credited to the efforts of Brazil and Turkey; we pay tribute to these efforts. Before expressing our views, we must examine the contents of the response.

Iran should respond in writing to the IAEA's formal offer issued to it in October; only then can we assess the seriousness of the Iranian response. Let's not forget that the Iranians have issued multiple contradictory statements on this issue over the last few months.

However, let's not delude ourselves; a solution to the TRR issue, if applicable, would not in any way resolve the problem of Iran's nuclear program. The planned exchange of uranium is only a confidence-building measure, a contribution.

The continuation of enrichment activities in Natanz, the construction of the heavy water reactor in Arak, the concealment of the Qom site and the continued lack of response to the IAEA inspectors' questions - these are at the heart of the Iranian nuclear issue. Iran has been enriching uranium to 20% since the IAEA proposal was issued in October.

Iran must immediately refrain from these constant violations of the resolutions of the UN Security Council and IAEA Board of Governors. It is with this goal in mind that we are preparing new sanctions in New York with our Security Council partners.

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