US embassy cable - 06OSLO46

NORWAY LIKELY TO FOLLOW EU-3 ON IRAN REFERRAL

Identifier: 06OSLO46
Wikileaks: View 06OSLO46 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Oslo
Created: 2006-01-12 14:31:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PARM KNNP PREL AORC IR NO
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C O N F I D E N T I A L OSLO 000046 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/12/2016 
TAGS: PARM, KNNP, PREL, AORC, IR, NO 
SUBJECT: NORWAY LIKELY TO FOLLOW EU-3 ON IRAN REFERRAL 
 
REF: A. SCHULTE-HAMMER 1/10/2006 E-MAIL 
 
     B. STATE 5477 
 
Classified By: P/E Counselor Mike Hammer, reason 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1.  (C) On January 11, following up on ref A, we asked 
Norwegian MFA DAS for Nonproliferation and Disarmament Jan 
Arve Knutsen about Norwegian intentions as a member of the 
IAEA Board.  Knutsen replied that Norway was still hoping for 
a solution short of referring Iran to the UN Security 
Council.  However, Knutsen acknowledged that Norway would 
likely follow the lead of the EU3, and, if the EU3 support 
referring Iran to the UNSC, Norway will most probably follow 
suit.  We will seek confirmation when we deliver ref B, once 
EU High Representative Solana has made his statement on 
January 12. 
 
2.  (C) Knutsen also shared with us the internal MFA briefing 
paper and talking points for use with the press that was 
given to Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Stoere on the 
morning of January 11.  An unofficial Embassy translation of 
those points is given below. 
 
Begin unofficial translation of MFA press points: 
 
- The recent developments in Iran are very disturbing.  Iran 
cannot disregard the demands made by the international 
community, something that was also underlined by Mohammed 
ElBaradei yesterday. 
 
- From the Norwegian side, we uphold that Iran must live up 
to the IAEA,s demands.  It is not acceptable that the 
country resumes its program to enrich uranium. 
 
- ElBaradei has previously underlined that the international 
community is about to lose its patience in Iran.  The Iranian 
actions will increase the probability for this question 
ending up in the UN Security Council. 
 
End Embassy translation. 
 
3.  (U) The Norwegian MFA called in the Iranian Ambassador on 
January 12.  Reporting on the meeting, FM Stoere told the 
press, "Norwegian alarm that the IAEA seals on Iranian atomic 
installations have been broken has been conveyed in clear 
terms, as well as the fact that this can be the first step on 
the way to the matter coming before the (UN) Security 
Council." 
 
Visit Oslo's Classified website: 
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/oslo/index.cf m 
 
WHITNEY 
 
 
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