On 21 July, the EU’s foreign ministers issued a strongly worded warning to Iran on its nuclear programme and on its human rights record.
The EU's foreign ministers warned Iran on 21 July that the EU's relationship with Tehran would be reviewed if the Iranian government did not sign an enhanced nuclear inspections protocol as required by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
In their toughest statement to date on Iran, the ministers pledged to review future steps of cooperation between the EU and Iran in September, after IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei presents his second report on Iran's nuclear programme. French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said Iran faced a "strategic choice" over whether or not to accept an IAEA additional protocol, which would allow it to carry out unannounced visits to registered and non-registered nuclear sites. The EU ministers also noted increasing concern over human rights abuses in Iran, and urged close cooperation by Iran with the UN's human rights mechanisms.