Press release | Date: 02/04/2015
‘I welcome the political agreement reached in the nuclear negotiations between the UK, France, Germany, the US, Russia, China and Iran. This is an important step towards a final agreement that will ensure that Iran’s nuclear programme is only used for peaceful purposes,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
In November 2014, the P5+1 (the UK, France, Germany, the US, Russia and China) reached agreement with Iran on continuing the nuclear talks, with the aim of reaching a political agreement by 31 March, and a comprehensive agreement by 30 June. The parties met again in Lausanne on 26 March, and have negotiated until today.
‘We fully support the parties’ continued efforts to reach a comprehensive and verifiable agreement by 30 June. An agreement of this kind will benefit both the international community and Iran, and pave the way for closer political and economic contact,’ said Mr Brende.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will continue the important task of verifying Iran’s compliance with its obligations under the Joint Plan of Action. Norway supports the crucial work of the IAEA, and has so far provided over NOK 12 million to this verification work.
‘Norway also supports the Framework for Cooperationbetween the IAEA and Iran, which in particular will address concerns about the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear programme’, said Mr Brende.