The U.S. and other Group of Seven countries jointly affirmed their “commitment that Iran must never develop a nuclear weapon”, expressed regret that “Iran has not yet seized the opportunity to conclude a deal” and underscored that “a diplomatic solution remains the best way to restrict Iran’s nuclear program”. The G-7 called on “Iran to cooperate substantively with the IAEA and to act on an urgent basis to fulfill its legal obligations by providing technically credible information that the Agency requires to clarify and resolve outstanding issues related to nuclear safeguards”. They further “strongly condemn[ed] Iran’s continued destabilising activity in the region”, urging “Iran to stop all ballistic missile activities and proliferation inconsistent with UNSCR 2231 and other UNSC resolutions”. Maintaining that “Iran’s threats to maritime security further impair regional stability”, they praised “regional initiatives to improve bilateral relations between partners in the region”. Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson condemned the statement’s “baseless, unilateral, and unjust accusations”, adding: “Iran's missile and defence program can never be negotiated and compromised”.
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