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According to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano's most recent report shows that "Iran is continuing to give priority to the path of defiance and denial over that of dialogue." Iran has so far produced 324kg of 20% enriched uranium, two third of what is needed for one nuclear bomb, affirmed the IAEA report.
By increasing its uranium enrichment capacities and by continuing the building of a heavy reactor capable of producing plutonium, Iran violates a number of United Nations Security Council (UNSC)'s resolutions, added the French MFA. In the past 10 years – the IAEA DG first reported to the board concerns over Iran's nuclear program in June 2003 - Iran has, US State Department spokesperson Patrick Ventrell said on May 22, "brazenly ignored multiple Board of Governors resolutions while advancing its enrichment program in blatant violation of its international obligations."
After almost 18 months of stalled negotiations with the IAEA, Iran is still failing to provide any evidence to support the civilian nature of its nuclear program, said the French government. It concludes the E3+3 meeting in Almaty on February 27 and on April 5-6 did not lead to any real breakthrough.
"Iran did not show its willingness to make the smallest concrete gestures that would have made it possible to establish trust between the two parties," a French MFA spokesperson said on April 26. Three weeks later on May 15, Herman Nackaerts, Deputy Director General for Safeguards at the IAEA, acknowledged that though "our commitment to continue dialogue is unwavering (…) we must recognize that our best efforts have not been successful so far."
That is why now may be the time for "more diplomatic pressure (…) commensurate with the progress of Iran's nuclear program," said France.
On the contrary, the Iranian government welcomed the IAEA report as further evidence that Iran's "technical and scientific success" is "peaceful", said Tehran's envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh.
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