During the conference on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in Vienna (from July 31 to August 11), representatives from various countries, including France, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, New Zealand, Malta, Poland, Romania, Denmark, the Czech Republic, and Ireland, echoed concerns raised by other countries regarding Iran’s nuclear program in previous days. They highlighted the imperative of preventing the clerical regime in Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. They demanded an immediate cessation of the regime’s nuclear program and its violation of the NPT.
The French representative stated that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has discovered Iran’s uranium enrichment activities to be up to 83.7%, levels close to those typically used for developing nuclear weapons. However, the French representative argued, Tehran’s lack of cooperation seriously weakened the Agency’s ability to provide guarantees about the peaceful nature of the regime’s nuclear program. France remains determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, its representative stressed.
The Italian representative urged the clerical regime to fully and promptly comply with its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and assured their full support for the IAEA’s crucial missions and efforts in Iran.
The Slovak representative expressed deep concern over the continuation of Tehran’s actions contrary to the JCPOA, especially regarding uranium enrichment and the production of highly enriched uranium on an unprecedented scale.
The Spanish representative called on the Iranian regime to fully cooperate with the Agency and adhere to the Additional Protocol agreements.
The representative of New Zealand also voiced ongoing concerns about unanswered questions concerning the regime’s nuclear program.
The Maltese representative emphasized the urgent need for Tehran to immediately halt its nuclear program and comply with its legal commitments, reducing tensions and ensuring transparency with the IAEA, including the return to implementing the Additional Protocol.
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The representative from Poland highlighted that the IAEA Director-General’s reports clearly indicate Tehran’s continued uranium enrichment activities, which undermines the system of the IAEA safeguards and weakens the NPT regime.
The Romanian representative addressed the significant risks associated with Iran’s nuclear program and strongly urged the regime to fulfill its commitments.
The Danish representative expressed concern over the expansion of uranium enrichment capabilities in Iran and heightened violations of the JCPOA’s restrictions.
The Czech representative stressed that unresolved serious issues concerning the Non-Proliferation Treaty with regard to Iran’s nuclear program pose a significant challenge, with many parameters outside the justified scope for peaceful purposes.
The Irish representative continued to express worry about Iran’s nuclear activities and its failure to adhere to the JCPOA, emphasizing the severe risks of nuclear proliferation and the adverse implications on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ability to provide guarantees about the peaceful nature of the regime’s nuclear program.