The United States has warned Iran to be ready to face consequences if it fails to meet its international obligations related to nuclear weapons.
“If Iran continues to fail to bring its nuclear program into full compliance with the requirements of the United Nations Security Council and the IAEA, there will be consequences and we will be consulting closely with our partners to ensure those consequences are credible,” the White House said in a statement on Friday.
Tehran had also failed in upholding its Geneva commitment on having a meeting with the P5+1 group to discuss its nuclear programme, it said, adding the offer of constructive engagement remains on the table, and urged Iran to take concrete steps toward this course.
The Obama Administration also issued a statement in support of the European Council, which had expressed grave concerns on Iran’s nuclear programme.
The US is united with its international partners in calling on Iran to comply fully with its international obligations, it said.
“We, alongside our partners, remain committed to working with Iran to find a peaceful diplomatic resolution to the international community’s concerns with Iran’s nuclear program,” the White House said.
The statement also alleged Iran of not taking advantage of the many opportunities to build trust and confidence, including the IAEA’s Tehran Research Reactor proposal.
“Instead, the Iranian leadership’s actions over the past several months have increased the international community’s concerns about Iran’s claims that its nuclear intentions are exclusively peaceful,” the White House said.
This was noted most recently by the IAEA Director General’s report, and reaffirmed by its Board of Governors in a decisive vote on November 27, it said, adding the US also remains deeply concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran.
“We continue to call on the Iranian government to end the use of violence and persecution against those who seek to peacefully exercise universal rights, and to abide by its international obligations, including under the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights,” the statement added.