Paris, June 9, 2010
The Security Council has just adopted Resolution 1929 by a large majority. This is the fourth sanctions resolution against Iran. As with each of the previous resolutions regarding Tehran, the five permanent members voted in its favor. It includes measures in many areas, including transport, arms, and the banking and financial sectors.
This resolution once again highlights the international community’s deep concerns about the Iranian nuclear program, which were further confirmed by the IAEA’s latest report. It showed that Iran is continuing its enrichment activities and its projects linked to heavy water, in breach of the resolutions of the Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors, and without any credible civilian purpose. The report also stated that Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA remains wholly insufficient, especially on issues linked to the military aspect of the Iranian program.
The Security Council’s newly-adopted resolution is also due to Iran’s refusal to respond to the numerous offers of dialogue and cooperation from the Six (Germany, China, United States, France, United Kingdom and Russia).
This stance left the international community with no option but to strengthen sanctions against Iran. By deciding for the fourth time to adopt sanctions aimed at the Iranian leaders – and not the people – they are sending out a very clear message: Iran can either continue its sensitive activities in breach of international law and therefore face increased isolation, or it can choose to cooperate and finally accept to enter into genuine negotiations with the Six.
The sanctions are not an end in themselves. The resolution, and the statement from the six Foreign Affairs Ministers after the vote, reaffirm that we want to reach a negotiated solution which meets the needs of Iran while reassuring the international community as to the purposes of its nuclear program.
France expresses its thanks to Brazil and Turkey for their efforts to this effect.
The door to dialogue remains open and we hope that Iran will finally decide to cooperate.