Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Financial assistance to supervise Iran’s compliance with nuclear agreement

The Netherlands has pledged €300,000 to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. Alongside other countries, the Netherlands is making this contribution to enable the IAEA to verify whether Iran is complying with the interim agreement on restricting its nuclear programm

Frans Timmermans, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said it was important for the IAEA to have the resources to perform its task: 'I hope that this contribution will be useful in reaching the ultimate goal: a comprehensive agreement to ensure that Iran's nuclear programme is of a purely peaceful nature'.

Tomorrow the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China, led by the EU's High Representative Catherine Ashton, will begin negotiations with Iran on a comprehensive agreement.

The countries have already reached an interim agreement on restricting Iran's nuclear programme in the months ahead. Having been asked to supervise Iran's compliance with that agreement, the IAEA said it would need €5.5 million to do so and asked its member states to make a voluntary contribution.