New York, 4 May 2010 Press release

Meeting between Foreign Minister Spindelegger and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Talks focus on Iran and specific disarmament issues

New York, 4 May 2010 - Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met each other in New York on Monday for an extensive exchange of opinions. The central topics discussed were the Iranian nuclear dossier and the ongoing discussions on tightening the sanctions regime. Hillary Clinton welcomed Spindelegger’s clear message to his Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki during the latter’s visit to Vienna on 25 April. In his message, Spindelegger had urged Iran to deliver guarantees that the country’s nuclear programme serves exclusively civilian purposes: „Iran must spare no effort to regain the trust of the international community. The burden of proof clearly lies with Iran".

Spindelegger expressed his regret about the fact that the Iranian President Ahmadinejad did not use his speech at the opening session of the NPT Review Conference to make a constructive contribution: „The aggressive rhetoric of President Ahmadinejad is incompatible with our objective of leading this conference to a success. Iran should regard this NPT Review Conference as an opportunity and make constructive use thereof", said the Foreign Minister, and that was the reason why Austria and a majority of the other EU Member States left the session during President Ahmadinejad’s speech.

The two ministers also discussed the ongoing work in the area of disarmament. Spindelegger pointed out to the need of achieving concrete measures during the Review Conference on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and praised the latest initiatives of the USA, which introduced a new momentum into the worldwide disarmament efforts. Spindelegger mentioned the proposal for the establishment of a UN liaison office on disarmament issues in Vienna as an Austrian contribution in this respect.

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