Iran - Communiqué by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, November 21, 2011
President Sarkozy sent a letter on the Iranian nuclear issue to the heads of state and government of Canada, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as to the presidents of the European Council and European Commission, so that they might inform member states of it.
The Iranian regime has been pursuing an illegal nuclear program and developing a military nuclear capability for more than 10 years now, as the IAEA has just shown. Six Security Council resolutions have already imposed sanctions on the pursuit of these activities. The IAEA Board of Governors has just issued a new resolution condemning the pursuit of these activities by Iran.
The Iranian regime’s actions represent a grave and urgent threat to peace. In addition to the unacceptable risk of nuclear proliferation, they could spark a military escalation in the region with catastrophic consequences for Iran and for the world.
While Iran accelerates its nuclear program, rejects negotiations and condemns its people to isolation, France urges new sanctions of unprecedented magnitude to convince Iran that it must negotiate.
France therefore recommends that the European Union and its member states as well as the United States, Japan, Canada and other willing countries adopt a decision to:
immediately freeze the assets of Iran’s central bank
suspend purchases of Iranian oil. We pledge to work with the countries of the region in this regard.
We are asking Iran:
to immediately suspend all nuclear and ballistic activities prohibited by the Non-Proliferation Treaty and by resolutions of the Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors, and to fully clarify its nuclear program, cooperating unconditionally with the IAEA Director General
to cease its threats toward its neighbors and the countries of the region.
Should Iran so wish, the good-faith negotiations that our countries have always called for remain possible.