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U.S. Support for the EU-3

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Washington, DC
March 11, 2005

The United States appreciates the efforts of the European Union 3 (EU-3) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to deal with the Iranian nuclear issue. President Bush had very good discussions on Iran when he was in Europe which reflect a common view on the way forward.

The Europeans have been very clear with the Iranians that there will have to be certain objective guarantees that Iran is not trying to use a civilian nuclear program to provide cover for a weapons program.

In order to support the EU-3ís diplomacy, the President has decided that the U.S. will drop its objection to Iranís application to the World Trade Organization and will consider, on a case by case basis, the licensing of spare-parts for Iranian civilian aircraft, in particular from the EU to Iran.

We share the desire of European Governments to secure Iranís adherence to its obligations through peaceful and diplomatic means. Todayís announcement demonstrates that we are prepared to take practical steps to support European efforts to this end. The spotlight must remain on Iran, and on Iranís obligation to live up to its international commitments.

We also share with European Governments concerns about Iranís record on human rights and democracy and its support for terrorism. At this moment of historic opportunity, as the U.S. and our allies work together to support progress between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Iran must cease its support for those groups who use violence to oppose Middle East peace.
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Released on March 11, 2005

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