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Asked what were the objectives for the talks involving Dr. Rice and others about Iran, the PMOS said that the primary reason people were in London was for the conference on Afghanistan. There would be 60 delegations at the conference, so it was a major conference, and a chance for the international community, Afghanistan and the UN to look ahead and take a strategic overview of where Afghanistan was going. They also needed to review progress since 2001 and to then plan what happened next in terms of developing Afghanistan economically, developing its infrastructure, and also politically, with part of that being what we had announced in terms of security and reconstruction last week.

On Iran, the PMOS said that Chancellor Merkel had underlined the emerging consensus there was, both about the seriousness of the issue that we had to deal with, vis-a-vis Iran, but also how we took this forward. The PMOS said we would see where things stood by the IAEA meeting on Thursday, but there was a developing consensus, both about the significance of the issue, and about the way to handle it.

The PMOS said it was clear that the international community recognised the significance of this issue, and that we welcomed.

Asked what the consensus of China and Russia was around Iran, the PMOS replied that Iran had broken its international and UN obligations. The question was: how did we deal with that? The PMOS said he could not pre-empt the position of other countries.

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