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Asked what would be our next phase of activity in Iran in light of the IAEA report, the PMOS replied that the UN would discuss this report, and we were absolutely committed to dealing with this through the UN. We believed that sanctions were having an impact on Iran, and a process of tightening those sanctions if necessary would deliver further results. It was important that the world continued to speak with one voice on Iran, and it was. Tehran should listen.

Asked if we needed more resolutions to tighten sanctions or was this implicit, the PMOS replied that some were in progress, but if necessary we needed to go further.

Asked what evidence we had that sanctions were working, the PMOS replied that we believed that there was a genuine debate going on in Tehran about the way forward. The more this debate went on the better. It was important that Tehran knew that it was increasingly isolated on this subject. Looking back at what happened over our 15 Navy personnel, it showed that Tehran was open to pressure from the outside world. We needed to make sure that pressure was consistent, and had a consistent message.

Asked if this would prove more difficult now that our relationship with Russia was deteriorating, the PMOS replied that Russia no more than anyone else wanted to see Iran with a nuclear weapons capability. That was the bottom line. Therefore we did have issues such as Iran, such as Kosovo, and the Middle East, where we did want serious dialogue with Russia. At the same time, Russia knew that it could only succeed economically in the medium to long term with continuing international confidence in it respecting its obligations for international law. This was the only way that it would attract the necessary investment.


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