Here is what any member of any French “sensitive laboratory” received. I hope this place is appropriate for this kind of post.
Paris, October 14, 2008
The Senior Defence and Security Official
The Presidents of the University
Object: Non-proliferation — UN resolution on Iran
On August 7, 2008, the Council of the European Union passed Common Position 2008/652/CFSP amending Common Position 2007/140/CFSP concerning the adoption of restrictive measures against Iran.
This Common Position has been resumed in order to adapt the 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007) and 1803 (2008) UN Security Council resolutions on non-proliferation in relation to Iran in the nuclear field to a European framework, of which I have the honour of reminding you on this occasion. In particular, resolution1737:
"3. Decides that all States shall take the necessary measures to prevent the supply, sale or transfer directly or indirectly from their territories, or by their nationals or using their flag vessels or aircraft to, or for the use in or benefit of, Iran, and whether or not originating in their territories, of all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to Iran’s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear weapon delivery systems…”
"17. Calls upon all States to exercise vigilance and prevent specialized teaching or training of Iranian nationals, within their territories or by their nationals, of disciplines which would contribute to Iran’s proliferation sensitive nuclear activities and development of nuclear weapon delivery systems."
Therefore, I shall provide the Defence and Security Official at your university with a list of scientific domains likely to specifically address Iran (document "restricted diffusion"). This list contains several sectors of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering science… the mastering of which fosters nuclear or ballistic proliferation.
As a consequence, as long as the aforementioned UN Security Council Resolutions are valid, I would kindly ask you to:
- intrinsically examine the implementation of existing cooperative agreements and cooperative projects with Iranian organisms.
- apply, with great attention, in the case of Iran, the number 486 inter-ministerial instruction concerning the protection of French scientific and technical capital in international exchanges (outside of the European Union) which, in particular, specifies that projects of scientific and technical cooperation shall be submitted to me for authorisation.
- send me the visit and internship files of Iranians in sensitive laboratories ("with restrictive arrangements") and all other files from other laboratories provided they comply with the aforementioned list of sectors.
I am at your service should you encounter any difficulties in applying these measures.
Copies (Ministry of Research and Higher Education)
- Director of Research and Innovation
- Director of Higher Education
- Director of European and International Relations and Cooperation
- University Security and Defence Officials
(Please find below the English version (when available) of the original links)