13 December 2012Statement by Ambassador Philip Parham, Deputy Permanent Representative of the UK Mission to the UN, to the Iran 1737 Sanctions Committee
I thank Ambassador Osorio and the 1737 Committee for their continued work and pay tribute to Ambassador Osorio and his team in the Mission of Colombia and to the support they have received from the Panel of Experts, during his two years as Chair of this important Council Committee.
The United Kingdom, along with the international community at large, remains deeply concerned about Iran’s nuclear programme. The IAEA Board of Governor’s Resolution adopted on 13 September called on Iran to cooperate urgently with the IAEA. The overwhelming support for this Resolution demonstrated the depth of international concern. Iran must urgently address the international community’s serious concerns over its nuclear activity.
Assurance of Iran’s peaceful intentions has not been forthcoming. Iran continues to expand its enrichment capacity in direct contravention of IAEA Board and Security Council resolutions and has consistently failed to cooperate with the Agency to address the possible military dimensions of its nuclear programme.
Despite this, the United Kingdom remains fully committed to finding a peaceful, negotiated solution to this issue.
The E3+3 has met with Iran at political and expert level on four occasions since April, and they remain active in pursuit of further dialogue.
While the E3+3 are entering into these talks in good faith, negotiations cannot continue indefinitely. Iran must engage seriously with this process. Until they do, the international community will apply increasing pressure
Here in New York it is the work of the 1737 Committee which remains at the forefront of that pressure, a symbol of international support for efforts aimed at peacefully preventing proliferation activity.
In this regard, I welcome the work of the Committee in preparing Implementation Assistance Notices. This essential work will help to ensure that Member States are fully equipped to implement Security Council measures against Iran.
The role of the Panel of Exports remains crucial in making sure that United Nations sanctions are adhered to in full. We strongly welcome their work with international organisations and experts and we champion their efforts to investigate alleged sanctions violations. We look forward to hearing the results of the two investigations currently underway.
We remain appalled by credible information that Iran is providing technical advice, financial support, equipment and weapons to aid Assad’s brutal and violent repression of the Syrian people. This is in stark contravention of the will of the Syrian people and a reminder of Iran’s hypocrisy in claiming to support freedom in the Arab world.
We also have serious concerns about Iranian support for groups such as Hizballah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas. Iranian Majles Speaker Ali Larijani decribed the Gaza resistance as, I quote, “just a small part of Iran’s power”. Such support is unacceptable and only serves to undermine regional security. Arms supplies to Hizballah are contrary to the UN embargo on the export of weapons by Iran, and recent confirmation by an IRGC commander of the transfer of the Iranian military technology to Hamas would mean a further violations of this Council’s resolutions and of international law. We support the Committee and the Panel of Experts in investigating these transgressions.
Iran’s leaders – if they do the right thing – can bring all sanctions to an end, and in doing so help Iran realise the benefits of a civil nuclear programme. They have a clear choice: address international concerns through negotiation and action, or face further pressure and isolation.
Thank you Mr President.