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Iran: Nuclear Power

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest assessment is of the status of talks with (a) the Government of Iran and (b) his international counterparts on a fuel supply for the Tehran nuclear research reactor; and if he will make a statement. (311596)

The UK is not directly involved in the talks on the International Atomic Energy Agency's proposal of October 2009. However, we support the proposal and are disappointed by Iran's failure to engage on it. This proposal could have begun to rebuild confidence in Iran's intentions by guaranteeing that part of Iran's fuel stock was used for legitimate purposes. I remain in close touch with my E3+3 and EU colleagues on all the issues associated with Iran's nuclear programme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on further (a) UN and (b) EU sanctions on Iran; and if he will make a statement. (311597)

The Government continue to pursue the dual track strategy of engagement and pressure to address the issue of Iran's nuclear programme. Consideration of further appropriate UN measures designed to influence the regime's decision making on the nuclear file has now begun. With regard to EU sanctions, I refer the right hon. Member to the December European Council Declaration on Iran, where the EU clearly committed to considering further measures to accompany UN action.