Joint statement at the end of a visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran by the Foreign Ministers of Britain, France and Germany, Tehran 21.10.2003

1. Upon the invitation of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Foreign Ministers of Britain, France and Germany paid a visit to Tehran on 21 October 2003. The Iranian authorities and the Ministers, following extensive consultations, agreed on measures aimed at the settlement of all outstanding IAEA issues with regard to the Iranian nuclear programme and at enhancing confidence for peaceful cooperation in the nuclear field.

2. The Iranian authorities reaffirmed that nuclear weapons have no place in Iran’s defence doctrine and that its nuclear programme and activites have been exclusively in the peaceful domain. They reiterated Iran’s commitment to the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and informed the Ministers that:

a) The Iranian Government has decided to engage in full cooperation with the IAEA to address and resolve, through full transparency, all requirements and outstanding issues of the Agency, and clarify and correct any possible failures and deficiencies within the IAEA.

b) To promote confidence with a view to removing existing barriers for cooperation in the nuclear field:

(i) Having received the necessary clarifications, the Iranian Government has decided to sign the IAEA Additional Protocol, and commence ratification procedures. As a confirmation of its good intentions, the Iranian Government will continue to cooperate with the Agency in accordance with the Protocol in advance of its ratification.

(ii)While Iran has a right within the nuclear non-proliferation regime to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, it has decided voluntarily to suspend all uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities as defined by the IAEA.

3. The Foreign Ministers of Britain, France and Germany welcomed the decisions of the Iranian Government and informed the Iranian authorities that:

a) Their Governments recognize the right of Iran to enjoy peaceful use of nuclear energy in accordance with the NPT.

b) In their view, the Additional Protocol is in no way intended to undermine the sovereignty, national dignity or national security of its States Parties.

c) In their view, the full implementation of Iran’s decisions, confirmed by the IAEA Director-General, should enable the immediate situation to be resolved by the IAEA Board.

d) The three Governments believe that this will open the way to a dialogue on a basis for longer-term cooperation, which will provide all parties with satisfactory assurances relating to Iran’s nuclear power generation programme. Once international concerns, including those of the three Governments, are fully resolved, Iran could expect easier access to modern technology and supplies in a range of areas.

(e) They will cooperate with Iran to promote security and stability in the region, including the establishment of a zone free from weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East in accordance with the objectives of the United Nations./.

Published on 11/04/2005

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