Iran – Public Statement

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting November 26-27, 2009

Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement and relevant provisions of Security Council resolutions 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007), 1803 (2008), and 1835 (2008) in the Islamic Republic of Iran

The IAEA Board of Governors adopted today its first resolution on Iran since February of 2006.

The IAEA Board of Governors adopted this resolution in response to the Board’s ongoing and serious concern that Iran continues to defy relevant IAEA Board of Governors and UN Security Council resolutions.

We believe that the Board’s resolution underscores the imperative for Iran to live up to its international obligations and offer transparency in its nuclear program, if it wishes to demonstrate its exclusively peaceful intent, rather than carry out more evasions and unilateral reinterpretations of its obligations.  The United States fully supports the IAEA in its efforts.  We also fully support the Director General’s conclusion that Iran does not have the authority to unilaterally modify its safeguards obligations with respect to the provision of design information.

The United States remains firmly committed to a peaceful resolution to international concerns with Iran’s nuclear program.  We also remain willing to engage Iran to work toward a diplomatic solution to the nuclear dilemma it has created for itself, if only Iran would choose such a course.  But our patience and that of the international community is limited.  To date, Iran has refused a follow-on meeting to the October 1 meeting with the P5+1 countries if its nuclear program is included on the agenda.  The United States strongly supported — and continues to support — the Director General’s positive proposal to provide Iran fuel for its Tehran Research Reactor, a proposal intended to help meet the medical and humanitarian needs of  the Iranian people while building confidence in Iran’s intentions.   We continue to encourage Iran to demonstrate a similar willingness to address the serious issues associated with its nuclear program.