Vienna, 9 June 2010 Press release

Spindelegger: “Iran must re-establish international confidence”

Austria votes in the UN Security Council for stricter sanctions against Iran

Vienna, 9 June 2010 – “Austria has voted for more stringent sanctions against Iran. Today’s decision by the UN Security Council is a wake-up call to the regime to undertake a long awaited turnaround as regards its nuclear programme,” stated Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger following the UN Security Council’s decision on Resolution 1929, which provides for the extension of the sanctions against Iran. “Despite diplomatic efforts and many years of offers of cooperation, Iran’s leadership has never seriously accepted the proposal to solve matters through negotiation. On the contrary, by continuing uranium enrichment and building a secret nuclear plant in Ghom, Iran has further corroborated, rather than dispelled, the concerns of the international community. This policy of continued disrespect for international obligations as well as the refusal of talks has resulted in further sanctions, which are now on the table,” continued Spindelegger.

“The adopted sanctions are designed to make it considerably more difficult for Iran to pursue its military nuclear programme,” emphasised the Foreign Minister. For instance, the ban on the import and export of relevant technologies as well as more stringent control in relation to suspicious seaborne shipments shall serve this goal. Resolution 1929 also contained new lists of persons involved in the Iranian nuclear programme who would no longer be allowed to travel abroad, whilst at the same time their funds in foreign bank accounts would be frozen.

“From our perspective it is important that these measures are highly targeted and focused on Iran’s nuclear and missile programmes,” stated Spindelegger. “It has been our concern from the very beginning that the sanctions should be directed against the regime and not the population at large.”

Today’s Resolution was adopted with twelve votes in favour. Only Brazil and Turkey voted against it, with Lebanon abstaining from the vote. Spindelegger stressed that “all fifteen members of the Security Council are committed to a solution by way of negotiation.” “However, this requires a counterparty which is credibly interested in negotiation. Iran has not displayed such readiness thus far.”

“Primarily at issue now is Iran’s need to re-establish international trust. The community of nations must feel sure that the Iranian nuclear programme is exclusively civil. Today’s decision again calls upon Iran to comply with its obligations towards IAEO, the UN and the international community, keeping the door open for constructive negotiation. Therefore, the Security Council has made it clear that these sanctions shall be lifted as soon as it becomes clear that Iran fully complies with its obligations,” concluded the Foreign Minister.

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