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Iran: Sanctions

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what decisions were reached at the 16 April meeting of the diplomatic political directors of China, the United States, Russia, the UK, France and Germany in Shanghai on (a) negotiations with, (b) sanctions against and (c) revisions to the 6 June 2006 E3+3 proposals on Iran; and if he will make a statement. (202000)

Discussion among the political directors from the E3+3 in Shanghai focused on how best to refresh the June 2006 offer that we made to Iran, as the other Foreign Ministers in the E3+3 and I made clear we would do in our statement marking the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1803 on 3 March 2008. We have made it clear to Iran that our offer of dialogue remains, but that if Iran continues to refuse to comply with the demands of the international community, we will pursue further sanctions, in line with our dual-track policy of pressure and engagement.