Iran – Joint statement by the spokespersons for the Foreign Ministries of France, Germany and the United Kingdom (22.11.22)

The governments of France, Germany and the United Kingdom condemn Iran’s recent moves, confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency, to expand its nuclear programme.

By expanding its production capabilities at Fordo and Natanz beyond the limits of the JCPoA and accelerating its production of enriched uranium, Iran has taken significant new steps that empty the JCPoA of its content.

Of particular concern is Iran’s decision to increase its production of highly enriched uranium at the Fordow underground enrichment site. This step by Iran constitutes a challenge to the international non-proliferation regime. This action, which carries a significant risk of spread, has no credible civil justification.

Iran’s actions are deeply troubling as Iran stopped implementing all transparency measures under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) five months ago.

Presenting this escalation as a response to the adoption by the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors of a resolution calling for Iranian cooperation in the area of ​​safeguards is unacceptable. Iran is legally bound by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to fully implement its safeguards agreement.

We will continue to consult with our international partners on how to respond to the ongoing Iranian nuclear escalation.

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