US embassy cable - 06OSLO68

(S) IAEA/IRAN: UK STRAW SWINGS FM STOERE

Identifier: 06OSLO68
Wikileaks: View 06OSLO68 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Oslo
Created: 2006-01-19 17:07:00
Classification: SECRET
Tags: PARM KNNP PREL IR NO
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S E C R E T OSLO 000068 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/19/2016 
TAGS: PARM, KNNP, PREL, IR, NO 
SUBJECT: (S) IAEA/IRAN: UK STRAW SWINGS FM STOERE 
 
REF: OSLO 63 AND PREVIOUS 
 
Classified By: P/E Counselor Mike Hammer, reason 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1.  (S) Norwegian MFA Assistant Secretary for Security Policy 
Kaare Aas (strictly protect) told us on January 19 that UK 
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has successfully assuaged 
Norwegian FM Jonas Stoere's concerns about what may transpire 
in the UN Security Council if the IAEA Board agrees to report 
Iran.  Straw and Stoere spoke on January 19, and Straw 
assured Stoere that reporting Iran to the UNSC would not 
immediately engender a push for sanctions, rather an 
escalating approach towards Iran that reinforces the IAEA. 
Straw also sought to convince Stoere to follow the British 
(EU-3) lead in the February 2-3 Extraordinary IAEA Board 
meeting and support reporting Iran to the UNSC. 
 
2.  (S) Aas said that following his discussion with Straw, 
Stoere was now prepared to drop his support for a "two stage" 
approach, i.e. punting an eventual IAEA Board decision down 
the pike to March.  Stoere's Chief of Staff confirmed to us 
separately that Stoere is now prepared to follow the British 
direction on reporting Iran to UNSC. 
 
3.  (S) Comment.  Aas was obviously pleased by the new 
marching orders he had received from FM Stoere.  Norway may 
still be queasy, but we don't expect that Stoere would change 
course and backtrack on his decision now to follow Britain's 
lead.  The conversation with Foreign Secretary Straw seems to 
have done the trick and brought Stoere on board. 
 
 
Visit Oslo's Classified website: 
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WHITNEY 
 
 
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