“The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cannot fail to fuel serious concerns as to the real nature of the Iranian nuclear programme”. The comment was made by Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, who noted that the picture described by the IAEA is based on feasible and credible information. It is a picture, underscored Frattini, that makes Iran’s failure to respect its international obligations with respect to its nuclear programme and the numerous resolutions adopted by the IAEA’s board and the United Nations Security Council even more serious.
A detailed reply from Tehran is now both necessary and urgent, if such concerns are to be dispelled.
Italy is acting in close coordination with its principal partners and with the European Union as a whole on this matter. Until Tehran provides a response, our country feels that the information contained in the IAEA report calls for all the international actors to assume responsibility. The same applies to the need to prevent the dangerous destabilisation effects that an Iran equipped with atomic weapons would produce. The international community must take a firm stance, starting with the IAEA’s Board of Governors, which will be meeting in Vienna on 17 November 2011.
“I hope that Iran realises that it is above all in its own interest to reassure the world as to the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme. A goal”, concluded Frattini, “that Tehran can only pursue through concrete, genuine and transparent collaboration with the IAEA”.