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IAEA demands answers from Iran

18.11.2011 - Article

The IAEA has adopted a resolution urging Iran to clarify all unresolved issues regarding its nuclear programme.

On 18 November the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted a resolution urging Iran to clarify all unresolved issues regarding its nuclear programme. Foreign Minister Westerwelle welcomed the resolution. If Iran continued to reject serious negotiations on its nuclear programme, then new sanctions would be “inevitable”, he said in Islamabad.

Heavy-water reactor in Arak, Iran
Heavy-water reactor in Arak, Iran© picture-alliance/dpa

The resolution is the Board of Governors’ response to the IAEA Director General’s most recent report on Iran, which was issued on 8 November. The report lists a broad range of Iranian activities which indicate the possible existence of a nuclear weapons programme. The IAEA believes that the information contained in the report is correct and credible.

Overwhelming majority in favour of the resolution

Thirty-two members of the Board of Governors voted in favour of the resolution, while two voted against it and one abstained. The resolution was jointly submitted by the countries known as the E3+3: Germany, France, the UK, the USA, Russia and China.

Westerwelle said the resolution demonstrated “that the E3+3 remains united and determined to prevail upon Iran to fulfil its obligations under international law”. The resolution, he went on to say, emphasized “the international community’s deep concern about the possible military dimension of the Iranian nuclear programme”.

Minister Westerwelle underscored that

Iran must make a choice between serious cooperation and international isolation. The offer of dialogue from the E3+3 remains on the table. It is now up to Iran to take the initiative.

The EU is currently preparing to step up sanctions against Iran.

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