British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw
suggested Thursday that the agreement with regard to Iran's nuclear
programme was a good example of the future cooperation to achieve a
common EU foreign policy as proposed by the UK, IRNA reported from London.
"What we are doing in Iran is following an agreed European foreign
policy," Straw told domestic and foreign journalists at a briefing in
"It is a good illustration of where sovereign states are perfectly
entitled to run their own separate foreign policy, as they are now,
and will be under any conceivable constitutional treaty," he said.
The Foreign Secretary said, "EU can work better coming together
with a common position, as we have done in the European Union and then
have three of the major countries - France, Germany and ourselves -
seeking to implement it."
"We have effectively agreed through the European Union, through
the discussion we had in Tehran on October 20, and in the IAEA Board
on November 26, an agenda in respect of the nuclear dossier," he said.
Straw said there were separate discussions with Iran over trade
and cooperation and human rights and these are kept under review as EU
foreign ministers did during their meeting in Brussels last Monday.
He declined to directly answer that it was the hope of the UK to
assist Iran in developing its nuclear programme following Tehran
signing the additional protocol of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Last week, Straw told the parliamentary Foreign Affairs Select
Committee that he believed Iran would continue to meet its obligations
on its civil nuclear programme following his visit to Tehran with his
French and German counterparts.
He also confirmed that if Iran continued to cooperate with Europe,
looked forward to supplying technology to the country's industry,
including the civil nuclear programme, which was part of the
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