Iran Focus: London, Apr. 10 The following is the full text of a statement issued Tuesday by Norways Foreign Ministry on the announcement yesterday by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Iran had begun industrial-scale uranium enrichment: Iran Focus
London, Apr. 10 The following is the full text of a statement issued Tuesday by Norways Foreign Ministry on the announcement yesterday by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Iran had begun industrial-scale uranium enrichment:
Press release, published 10.04.2007
Norway concerned about Irans nuclear programme
Iran is continuing to defy the international community by stepping up uranium enrichment activities. These developments give grounds for concern, and will make finding a political solution to the nuclear dispute even more difficult, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre.
Mr Støre emphasised that no-one is questioning Irans right to peaceful use of nuclear energy, and that Iran has received repeated offers of international assistance in this area. Iran is being asked to suspend the most controversial parts of its nuclear programme, such as the enrichment of uranium.
It is vital that Iran regains its international credibility. This can only happen if Iran suspends its uranium enrichment programmes, said Mr Støre.
Mr Støre pointed out that Iran has not thus far shown the requisite openness towards and willingness to cooperate with the international community. Iran has primary responsibility for the doubts that exist about its nuclear programme. It is a non-negotiable requirement that the International Atomic Energy Agency be given full access to all aspects of Irans nuclear activities, he emphasised.
Norway supports the international demands made of Iran by a unanimous UN Security Council. Iran must now show real willingness to contribute to a negotiated solution, Mr Støre underlined.