Didier Reynders pleased with interim deal on Iranian nuclear programme

date: 24 November 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased with the interim deal on Iran’s nuclear programme that was reached by the EU3+3 (France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia and China) and Iran under the leadership of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton. This is a first step towards a definitive solution on the issue of Iran’s nuclear programme.

Didier Reynders insists that Iran quickly implement the joint plan of action.  Monitoring compliance in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency will be critically important to ensuring that Tehran takes steps to meet its international obligations. Belgium, along with its European partners, is prepared to contribute to the actions that Iran will undertake.

The commitment to reach a definitive and all-encompassing agreement is another major component of the deal. New talks must start as soon as possible in order to keep up the momentum of the 24 November deal, the goal being to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Didier Reynders reiterates that Iran must demonstrate that it is willing to allay the concerns of the international community.