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Cablegate: Finland to Stand with the U.S. On Iran-Iaea Work

Published: Thu 15 Nov 2007 06:06 AM
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SUBJECT: FINLAND TO STAND WITH THE U.S. ON IRAN-IAEA WORK
PLAN COMPLIANCE
REF: SECSTATE 151038
Classified By: Classified By: Economic Officer Glenn Lewis for reasons
1.4 (B) and (D)
1. (C) Econoff delivered reftel demarche on to Anssi Leino,
Counselor for Iran in the Finnish MFA's Unit for the Middle
East and North Africa. Citing the IAEA's Work Plan as the
only positive sign on Iran's nuclear program in years, Leino
said Finland strongly supports EU and U.S. demands that Iran
strictly comply with the complete Work Plan. Leino stressed
that the U.S. and the EU must show strong international unity
when facing Iran, especially to shore-up support from other
members of the UN Security Council. Leino said Finnish and
EU officials, at the highest levels, continually discuss
Iranian compliance with IAEA directives and UN Security
Council resolutions in all bilateral and multilateral meeting
with key governments including China and Russia. Leino
believes it is only a matter of time before the UN Security
Council will have to issue additional sanctions to force Iran
to meet its nuclear program obligations.
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