Rosenthal still very concerned after talks with Iran

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal still has serious concerns about developments in Iran. He made this statement after holding talks in New York with his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi, on the Iranian nuclear programme and its possible military dimensions, along with Iran’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.

‘I urged Tehran to provide full disclosure of its nuclear programme,’ Mr Rosenthal said. ‘As long as Iran fails to fulfil its international obligations, as set out in various Security Council resolutions, pressure on it will be increased by further tightening the sanctions. Iran must show that its nuclear facilities are intended for civilian purposes only, and not for military purposes.’

During the talks, Mr Rosenthal also expressed grave concern about Iran’s role in the region. ‘Violent military operations are taking place throughout Syria,’ he said. ‘I hold the Syrian regime responsible, and call on Iran to stop supporting it as this only prolongs the bloodshed.’

Civil war
Mr Rosenthal also raised the issue of Iran’s support for Hezbollah. ‘I have information that Hezbollah, with Iranian assistance, is interfering in the Syrian civil war, by supporting the regime and loyalist militias,’ he said. He called for Hezbollah to be put on the European list of terrorist organisations.

Mr Rosenthal and Mr Salehi also discussed progress in the consular dialogue. The Netherlands is seeking accurate information on, and access to, Iranian prisoners with dual Dutch and Iranian nationality in order to provide them with consular assistance.

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal still has serious concerns about developments in Iran / photo René Clement