جمعه ۳۱ شهریور ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۱۰:۱۵
Calls for Probe into Allegations of Iran Vote Irregularities
The European Union today called for a swift and transparent investigation into allegations of irregularities in Iran's presidential elections.
European Commission spokeswoman Emma Udwin told reporters in Brussels that Iran's presidential runoff last Friday, quote, "took place under a number of constraints." Udwin added that the EU takes the allegations of irregularities, "very seriously." Earlier, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he sees no reason to immediately change the EU's policies on Iran following the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Solana says he intends to wait and see what Iran's new leadership does before making any changes to previous agreements with Tehran. He added that nuclear talks with Iran will continue.
Udwin also said EU's priorities won't change despite the election of Ahmadinejad, whom many see as a hard-liner. She continued that: "There have throughout been four major priorities: there is the WMD [Weapons of Mass Destruction] issue, human rights, terrorism, the situation in the Middle East. Those remain our priorities in our dealings with Iran and that isn't changed by this change of personnel."
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, speaking in London today, said now is not the time for the EU to soften its approach toward Tehran, and called on Iran to live up to its nuclear commitments.