EU big three to hold Iran to nuclear deal

29th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

29 November 2004 , LONDON - The European Union's so-called big three - Britain, France and Germany - will "hold Iran to account" over a deal struck on Iran's nuclear programme, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in London on Monday. Blair said he hoped the deal on halting Iran's uranium enrichment program would assist in in reducing the threat of weapons of mass destruction. Iran announced on Sunday final agreement had been reached with the trio over a draft resolution for Monday's International Atomic

29 November 2004

LONDON - The European Union's so-called big three - Britain, France and Germany - will "hold Iran to account" over a deal struck on Iran's nuclear programme, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in London on Monday.

Blair said he hoped the deal on halting Iran's uranium enrichment program would assist in in reducing the threat of weapons of mass destruction.

Iran announced on Sunday final agreement had been reached with the trio over a draft resolution for Monday's International Atomic Energy Agency board meeting in Vienna.

Blair said France, Germany and Britain had been "working very closely" on the deal.

"Our task has been to get the undertakings from Iran but to recognize that in the end we will have to make sure the right authority - in this case the Atomic Energy Authority - then make sure the undertakings they have given are actually adhered to," he added.

Blair expressed sympathy with pro-democracy campaigners in Iran and said he hoped dialogue and pressure could be used to promote basic freedoms across the globe.

Pointing to "tremendous success" with Libya over WMD, Blair said: "Let us hope that the undertakings are properly given and adhered to ... But we will make sure we hold Iran to account."

The British prime minister said North Korea remained a concern and that he would discuss the issue with South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun when the two meet in London Wednesday.

DPA

Subject: German news

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