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Iran

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on developments in Iran following the recent presidential election; and if he will make a statement. (282700)

We deplore the violent response of the Iranian authorities to post-election demonstrations and the severe restrictions placed on the media. We have made clear that it is for Iran’s people to choose their own government. It is essential that the Iranian authorities investigate fully the allegations that have been made about the election.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of developments in Iran’s nuclear programme; and if he will make a statement. (282707)

We remain deeply concerned about its nuclear programme. As the latest International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran made clear, Iran is still not co-operating fully with the agency and is increasing its enrichment capabilities contrary to the requirements of five UN Security Council Resolutions. We have made clear that Iran can enjoy the benefits of nuclear energy but must reassure the international community that its intentions are exclusively peaceful.