PARIS, November 19. /TASS/. The UK, France, Germany (the E3) and the United States called upon Tehran to adhere to its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), following the adoption of a resolution on Iran by the IAEA Board of Governors.
"This resolution was adopted in response to Iran’s insufficient cooperation with the IAEA on serious and outstanding issues relating to Iran’s legal obligations under its Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Safeguards Agreement," the four nations said in a joint statement.
Against this backdrop, the E3 and the US called upon Tehran to fulfill its NPT-required safeguards obligations and "provide technically credible explanations" for the presence of uranium particles identified at three undeclared locations in Iran and clarify the whereabouts of the related nuclear material and/or contaminated equipment.
"We hope Iran takes this opportunity to cooperate with the IAEA in good faith toward closing these outstanding matters so that no further Board action on these issues will be necessary," the statement reads.
The IAEA Board of Governors on Thursday passed a resolution calling for observing guarantees under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The Agency also called on Iran for cooperation to resolve issues related to its nuclear program. The Board stressed "the need for Iran to cooperate fully and in a timely manner with the Agency with a view to clarifying and resolving the long outstanding safeguards issues," arising from Iran’s supposed incompliance with its NTP safeguards agreement.
On June 8, the IAEA Board of Governors passed a resolution condemning Iran for its refusal to provide technically verifiable explanation of the uranium traces exposed at its three undeclared facilities. The document was supported by 30 states. Russia and China were against, while India, Libya, and Pakistan abstained.