Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 8th February 2006.

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Photo of Keith Simpson Keith Simpson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Government White Paper, Prospects for the European Union in 2006, what assessment he has made of the steps necessary to be taken at this stage by the UN Security Council in order to reinforce the authority of International Atomic Energy Agency resolutions regarding Iran; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The purpose of involving the United Nations Security Council in the question of Iran's nuclear programme is to reinforce the authority of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), while leaving the door open for related diplomatic efforts and negotiations. Our objective is to ensure that both the Security Council, with its primary responsibility for matters of international peace and security, and the IAEA can contribute to the resolution of the issue within their competencies.

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