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Saudi Arabia Urges Firm Stand against Iran’s Nuclear Program

Saudi Arabia Urges Firm Stand against Iran’s Nuclear Program

Friday, 12 July, 2019 - 10:00
The International Atomic Energy Agency logo sits on the building of the IAEA laboratories in Seibersdorf, near Vienna. Photographer: Alex Halada/AFP
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Saudi Arabia has called on the international community to take a firm stand against Iran's nuclear program, stressing the importance of stopping Iran’s transgressions and breaches of international agreements and treaties related to its nuclear program.

The Kingdom’s statement came at a special session of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting in Vienna on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the Saudi permanent delegation noted Riyadh's stance on the nuclear agreement struck between world powers and Iran in 2015.

The Kingdom expressed the importance of a comprehensive international agreement on Iran's nuclear program that would prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons in any way.

It added that Iran continued to provoke unrest and intensify its activities destabilizing the region in particular and the whole world, with its insistence on the development of ballistic missiles, and support for terrorist groups in the region, including its threat to international navigation and maritime straits.

The delegation highlighted the importance of the agreement to include a specific, strict and permanent inspection mechanism for all locations, including military sites, with a mechanism to re-impose sanctions quickly and effectively if Iran violates the agreement.

Further, it referred to recent statements made by Iranian officials regarding the nuclear program, drawing the attention of member states to the statement by the Iranian president that his country would increase uranium enrichment to the extent it wants.

Such statements and threats represent a clear challenge to the international community and reinforce doubts about Iran's intentions and the peacefulness of its nuclear program, continued the delegation.

This is not the first time that Iran deceives the IAEA and the international community by concealing sensitive parts of its nuclear program.

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