Foreign Secretary statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Iran speech

Foreign Affairs

May 1
13:23 2018

Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, said:

The Israeli Prime Ministers presentation on Irans past research into nuclear weapons technology underlines the importance of keeping the Iran nuclear deals constraints on Tehrans nuclear ambitions.

The Iran nuclear deal is not based on trust about Irans intentions; rather it is based on tough verification, including measures that allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency unprecedented access to Irans nuclear programme.

The fact that Iran conducted sensitive research in secret until 2003 shows why we need the intrusive inspections allowed by the Iran nuclear deal today. The verification provisions in the Iran nuclear deal would make it harder for Iran to restart any such research. That is another good reason for keeping the deal while building on it in order to take account of the legitimate concerns of the US and our other allies.

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