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Iran: Inspections

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2008, Official Report, column 1032W, on Iran: inspections, whether it is Government policy to seek the adoption of agreed criteria to trigger the inspection of cargoes to and from Iran as stipulated in UN Security Council Resolution 1803 (2008) at (a) the EU and (b) the UN Security Council; and if he will make a statement. (199081)

The UK is robustly implementing the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1803. The Resolution already contains criteria for making inspections on the basis of having “reasonable grounds to believe” the aircraft or vessel is transporting prohibited goods. UK authorities routinely inspect cargoes from Iran. The EU is currently negotiating a new Common Position which the Government hope will build on the measures in UNSCR 1803.