Security Council: Statement by Ambassador Wittig on a briefing on Resolution 1737 (2006) - Iran

Sep 20, 2012

(Security Council: Statement by Ambassador Wittig following a briefing by the Chairman of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1737 (2006))

I now make a statement in my national capacity. First let me thank Ambassador Néstor Osorio for his briefing. We are grateful for your able leadership, which has contributed so much to ensure that the 1737 Committee remains focused on implementing its important mandate.

More than two year’s ago, the Security Council adopted Resolution 1929 in response to Iran’s continued noncompliance with its international obligations. To this day, Iran has not engaged seriously and without preconditions in talks aimed at restoring international confidence in the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. The latest IAEA report of 30 August is alarming: It shows a massive increase of the 20% enrichment capacity. Moreover, Iran’s continued refusal to cooperate with the IAEA increases concerns about a possible military dimension of Iran's nuclear program. In a first reaction to the IAEA report, the E3+3 group co-sponsored a resolution urging Iran once more to comply fully and without delay with all of its obligations.

Likewise, we remain deeply worried about Iran’s renewed ballistic missile launches of early July 2012 using missile technology that is in clear violation of paragraph 9 of resolution 1929 (2010).

We reiterate our deep concern over the continued weapons exports from Iran to other countries, especially to Syria. In this context, Ambassador Osorio’s 90-day report underscores once more the pressing relevance of this issue. These concerns are aggravated by unsettling recent reports indicating that Iran is shipping arms to Syria under a humanitarian pretext.

Therefore, the consistent implementation of sanctions by all Member States is crucial to uphold the pressure on Iran. We encourage the Committee to take swift action. Based on the recommendations in the final experts’ report first measures should aim at operationalizing new designations and updating the existing listings of sanctions violators as soon as possible.

There is no alternative to continue to work towards a diplomatic solution. But we cannot hold talks for the sake of talks. If Iran does not engage in serious negotiations we will have to increase pressure by further strengthening the sanctions regime. For Iran it is now high time to live up to its international obligations.

I now resume my functions as President of the Security Council. I shall now once give the floor to Ambassador Osorio.

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