KSA takes a firm stand against Iran's nuclear program

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VIENNA — Saudi Arabia has called on the international community to take a firm stand against Iran's nuclear program, stressing the importance of stopping the Islamic Republic’s transgressions and breaches of international agreements and treaties related to its nuclear program.

The Kingdom’s strongly worded statement came at a special session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meet held in Vienna following the two reports of IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.

Amano had tabled his reports on "Verification and Monitoring in Iran in light of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015)," which noted that Iran exceeded the proportion and quantity of enriched uranium specified in the joint comprehensive action plan.

In its speech, the Saudi permanent delegation noted the Saudi position on the nuclear agreement with Iran in 2015 in which 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.

This is in light of the need to work on everything that would limit the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and the world, with full awareness of the consequences of actions and conduct over the past 40 years that reflect its ill intentions of this agreement.

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 the international navigation and maritime straits.

The delegation expressed the Kingdom's position on 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.

The Kingdom's delegation also referred to the recent statements made by a number of Iranian officials regarding Iran's nuclear program, drawing the attention of the member states to the statement by the Iranian President that his country would increase uranium enrichment to the extent it wants.

The delegation of the Kingdom stressed that such statements and threats were a clear challenge to the international community and reinforced doubts about Iran's intentions and the peacefulness of its nuclear program. — SPA


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