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Iran: Nuclear Power

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations her Department has made to the United Nations on the refusal by Iran to meet the deadline imposed by the International Atomic Energy Agency on its uranium enrichment programme. (125849)

As the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Dr. Mohammed El-Baradei, made clear in his most recent report on 22 February, Iran has failed to take the steps required by the United Nations Security Council, including full suspension of all uranium enrichment related, reprocessing and heavy water related activities. The Security Council said in resolution 1737, adopted unanimously on 23 December 2006, that it would adopt further sanctions if Iran did not comply. Senior officials from the ‘E3+3’ (France, Germany, UK + China, Russia, US) met in London on 24 February to discuss next steps and E3+3 permanent representatives in New York did so on 5 March. We expect to discuss a further resolution with Security Council members soon.