Iran

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 29th January 2015.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the consequences of Iran's refusal to allow International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors access to its Arak and Parchin nuclear-related facilities.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has monthly access to the reactor at Arak. The IAEA Director General’s 7 November report confirms that Iran continues to abide by its commitment under the Joint Plan of Action (JPoA) not to make further advances on the Arak reactor for the duration of the JPoA.

Access for the IAEA to Parchin remains an important but unfulfilled step. The 7 November IAEA report reiterates that clean-up activities at the site are likely to have undermined the Agency’s ability to conduct effective verification, however it is imperative that Iran provides access as the Agency continues to request. We fully support their work on this crucial issue.

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