Remarks by French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Bernard Kouchner, on the May 2007 IAEA Report on Iran

May 24, 2007

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

The report of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency confirms the information which has reached us over the past few weeks on developments in the Iranian programme:

Iran has not suspended her enrichment-related activities, but on the contrary has extended them: there are now over 2,000 centrifuges in operation or under assembly in the Natanz underground plant;

Iran has not cooperated satisfactorily with the Agency: the extent of the unanswered questions is still as vast. The Agency confirms that Iran did not have the right unilaterally to modify, as she has, the application of her Safeguards Agreement. More seriously, the Agency points out that the fact that certain information had not been provided for over a year has markedly eroded its knowledge of the Iranian nuclear programme.

There is still time for Iran to suspend her enrichment-related activities. Otherwise, as provided for by UNSCR 1747, we will have no choice but to press on at the Security Council.

If that were to be the case, I would like us to be able swiftly to adopt new sanctions, showing Iran that the path she has chosen is unacceptable, and will lead only towards increasing isolation. I intend to discuss the matter with my E3+3 colleagues, particularly at the G8 foreign ministers meeting in Berlin next week.