Foreign Minister Westerwelle has called on Iran to finally end its “policy of prevarication and non cooperation”. In a Joint Statement delivered to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Germany, France, Britain, China, Russia and the United States (“E3+3”) reaffirmed their concerns about Iran’s developing nuclear programme. On behalf of the E3+3 EU High Representative Catherine Ashton had on 6 March offered the Iranian Government a resumption of talks.
Speaking in Berlin on 8 March, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle noted that “the IAEA’s latest report on Iran’s nuclear programme gives rise to new questions and compounds our concerns”. That was why Germany, along with France, Britain, the United States, Russia and China, was sending Iran a clear message to end its policy of non cooperation and take steps to allay the legitimate doubts about the purpose of its nuclear programme in a transparent and convincing manner.
“As a group the E3+3 stands united in our resolve to impress on Iran that it must comply with its international obligations,” Westerwelle emphasized. It was now up to Iran to seize the chance it had been offered to resume nuclear talks and return to the path of cooperation.
EU High Representative Ashton had pointed out in her letter to Iran’s chief negotiator Jalili how important it was to restore the international community’s confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of the country’s nuclear programme. Since the last round of talks between the E3+3 and Iran in Istanbul in January 2011 no further talks had been held.