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NUCLEAR: EU “Perplexed and Saddened” at Iran’s Lack of Full Cooperation with IAEA, Straw Says
EU foreign ministers said the new IAEA report indicates that Iran had not fully cooprated with nuclear inspections. The foreign ministers of France, Britain and Germany will hold a meeting to draft a new resolution on Iran for the upcoming meeting of the IAEA board of governors. September 3, 2004 - “We have been perplexed and saddened that the Iranian government has not completed all the tasks it said it would,” British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Friday, after the meeting of the EU foreign ministers in Valkenburg, Netherlands, during which the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s report on Iran was a topic of discussions.
It was no secret that the EU was deeply concerned about Tehran’s nuclear program, Dutch foreign minister Bernard Bot, head of the EU’s rotating presidency, told reporters.
The latest IAEA report contained “clear reservations” about the nature of Iran’s program and past concealment efforts, Straw said.
The IAEA report also signaled that the Islamic government was determined to continue work on the nuclear fuel cycle - permitted under the NPT, despite its potentially dual-use nature.
Straw will meet later today with foreign ministers of France and Germany to review the outcome of a diplomatic initiative which was aimed at convincing the Islamic Republic to stop uranium enrichment and fully comply with Iran’s obligations under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
In their meeting today, the three foreign ministers will draft a resolution, which will be put up for vote during the next meeting of the IAEA board of governors, several diplomats in Vienna said, according to wires.
In response to the recent criticism from the US the Europe trio’s policy did not succeed in containing the Islamic government’s atomic program, Straw said, “The responsibility for engagement rests on both of us.”