Iran: Nuclear Power

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 2nd February 2022.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that international sanctions are imposed on Iran in the event that that country refuses to dismantle its nuclear programme and cease its regional activities.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK has over 200 sanctions designations in place against Iran including in relation to human rights, nuclear proliferation and terrorism. This includes against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in its entirety. The UK is committed to working with the international community to ensure Iran abides by international laws and norms and is held to account for its destabilising activity in the region.

We are currently engaged in negotiations in Vienna aimed at restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). A restored JCPoA would provide for Iran's civil nuclear needs. If a deal is not swiftly concluded, and Iran continues its nuclear escalation, Iran will be responsible for the collapse of the deal. In this scenario we would carefully consider all options in partnership with our allies, including sanctions.

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