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Iranian nuclear programme

Communiqué of the Presidency of the French Republic
Paris, 21 November 2011

The President of the Republic sent today a letter on the Iranian nuclear issue to the heads of state and government of Germany, Canada, the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom as well as to the president of the European Council and the president of the European Commission, in view of informing the EU member states.

The Iranian regime has been pursuing for more than 10 years now an illegal nuclear program and develops a military nuclear capability , as the IAEA has just shown. Six Security Council resolutions have already sanctionned the pursuit of these activities. The IAEA Board of Governors has just issued a new resolution denouncing the pursuit of these activities by Iran.

The Iranian regime’s actions represent a grave and urgent threat to peace. In addition to the unacceptable risk of nuclear proliferation, they could spark a military escalation in the region with catastrophic consequences for Iran and for the world.

While Iran accelerates its nuclear program, refuses to negotiate and condemns its people to isolation, France advocates adopting new sanctions of unprecedented magnitude to convince Iran that it must negotiate.

France therefore recommends that the European Union and its member states as well as the United States, Japan, Canada and other willing countries adopt a decision to:

— immediately freeze the assets of Iran’s central bank

— suspend purchases of Iranian oil. France is opening consultations with the countries of the region in this regard.

We call upon Iran to :

— immediately suspend all nuclear and ballistic activities prohibited by the Non-Proliferation Treaty and by resolutions of the Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors, and to fully clarify its nuclear program, cooperating unconditionally with the IAEA Director General

— cease its threats toward its neighbors and the countries of the region.

Should Iran wish so, the good-faith negotiations that our countries have always called for remain possible.

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