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European diplomats in Iranian nuclear power plants? No thanks, replies the EU

Cathy Ashton with Janos Martonyi (credit: Hungarian EU Presidency)

(B2 / in Budapest) Holding a short press briefing with the Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs, János Martonyi, on Friday in the Budapest parliament, the High Representative took the opportunity to respond to the Iranian proposal made to Europeans to come and visit its facilities. " The monitoring and carrying out of the necessary inspections must be carried out by the IAEA and not by the EU » she explained. Iran must guarantee that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) can continue its work ". In doing so, it foils the Iranian “trap”. Having diplomats who do not really know nuclear techniques visit would have exposed them to an unnecessary visit and undermined the work of IAEA specialists.

New trading session mid January

Iran had invited several diplomats from the 27, notably Hungary as EU presidency, as well as France, Germany and the United Kingdom (members of the 5+1 contact group), to come and see , the situation in Iranian nuclear power plants. Following the resumption of contacts with Iran at the beginning of December, a new negotiation session took place in Turkey in mid-January.

(updated) The meeting would last 1 day and a half, on January 21 and 22, according to Turkish and Iranian sources.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).