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UN Security Council

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the outcome of the Security Council discussions held in London on 26 February 2007 on Iran. (126011)

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1737, adopted unanimously on 23 December 2006, requires Iran to take certain steps to help build confidence that it is not seeking to develop nuclear weapons. The Security Council asked the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Dr Mohammed El-Baradei, to report in 60 days and said that it would adopt further sanctions if Iran did not meet its obligations.

Dr El-Baradei's report, published on 22 February, showed that Iran has failed to take the steps required, including full suspension of all uranium enrichment related, reprocessing and heavy water related activities. Following its publication, senior officials from the ‘E3+3' (France, Germany, UK plus China, Russia, US) met in London on 26 February to discuss next steps. They confirmed the E3+3's support for additional sanctions, designed to secure Iran's full compliance with its obligations and return to negotiations. They have since spoken by telephone several times and E3+3 representatives in New York have started to consider possible elements for a new Security Council Resolution, which we expect to discuss soon with other members of the Council.

We remain committed to finding a negotiated solution. The E3+3's proposals for a long-term agreement, presented to Iran by EU High Representative Javier Solana in June 2006, remain on the table. We hope that Iran will take the positive course open to it. The Security Council has said that it will suspend the implementation of sanctions if Iran meets its obligations.