Addressing the IAEA Board of Governors, France, Germany and the UK (E3) jointly stated that “we remain extremely concerned by Iran’s continued violations of its nuclear-related commitments in recent months”. “We considered tabling a resolution at this Board meeting”, they added. “We have decided to pause on this initiative for now, despite clear support within the IAEA Board of Governors, to allow time for the Director General to conduct the renewed effort… to break the deadlock and to clarify and resolve these issues without further delay”. The E3 further asserted that they would “reserve the right to call an extraordinary Board if there is not sufficient progress”, while urging “Iran to accept, without preconditions, the proposal by the Coordinator of the JCPOA for an informal meeting of the JCPOA participants and the U.S.”. Washington indicated it would “look forward with strong interest for Iran’s willingness to engage in a way that leads to… concrete progress on these issues”. Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson remarked that decision to refrain from a resolution “can maintain the path of diplomacy opened by Iran and the IAEA, and prepare the grounds for the full implementation of commitments by all parties to the JCPOA”. Relatedly, President Rouhani indicated that if U.S. “sanctions are lifted, relations with the [IAEA] will become warmer and its inspectors will be able to carry out their intended inspections within the framework of the law”.
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