I should first like to thank Ambassador Takasu for his 90-day report, his management of the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1737 (2006), the high quality of his work in the leadership of the Committee and the competence of his team.
The general context is known to all. Iran has answered none of the questions that the international community has asked it; on the contrary, it has piled provocation upon provocation. These include in particular the discovery of a clandestine enrichment site at Qom and the launching of its 20 per cent enrichment programme. Iran refuses to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), continues to rebuff any serious negotiation, and engages only in delaying tactics.
All of this led us to adopt resolution 1929 (2010). As we have often reiterated, the door to dialogue always remains open and we seek a diplomatic solution above all.
We therefore express our strong desire for Iran to respond positively to the questions put to it by the IAEA and not to hinder its investigations.
The latest report of the 1737 Committee shows that Member States take the implementation of resolutions concerning Iran very seriously. Such implementation will be even more pressing with respect to the imminent establishment of the panel of experts under resolution 1929 (2010).
Today’s report highlights violations that should be investigated. We encourage all States to cooperate with the 1737 Committee and the panel of experts so that the investigations may take place in optimal conditions.
More generally, we stress that each of us must fully implement the relevant resolutions, starting with resolution 1929 (2010), and that this is critical to ensuring the success of the dual-track strategy adopted and favoured by the international community.