Declaration by the Presidency on Behalf of the European Union Following the Report Issued by the IAEA Director General Regarding Iran's Nuclear Activities

Declaration by the Presidency on Behalf of the European Union
September 18, 2008

The European Union thanks the IAEA Director General and his team for the report of 15 September which shows the efforts made by the Agency to shed light on Iran's nuclear activities.

The European Union regrets that Iran is refusing to suspend its sensitive nuclear activities, in contravention of Security Council and IAEA Board of Governors resolutions, and is not providing the IAEA with the cooperation which the IAEA has requested in order to answer the outstanding questions listed in its reports.

The European Union shares the IAEA Director General's "serious concern" as Iran fails to answer questions on possible activities relating to the design and manufacture of nuclear weapons.

The EU calls on Iran to comply with UNSC resolutions 1696, 1737, 1747 and 1803 and, in particular, to suspend its sensitive activities to allow for the opening of negotiations. It reaffirms its support for the proposals put to Iran by the EU Secretary General/High Representative in June 2006 and further developed in the revised offer put to Iran on 14 June 2008. It remains committed to finding a negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear question without delay and reaffirms its firm commitment to the two-track approach.