Washington: Expressing "grave concern" over Iran's nuclear programme, the leaders of the powerful G-8 countries have called on the Iranian leadership to comply with all the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

In its "Camp David Declaration" yesterday, the leaders of G-8 countries– comprising of the United States, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Russia – also called on Iran to continuously comply with its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, including its safeguards obligations .

In their declaration at the end of a series of brain storming sessions that began with a dinner in this US presidential retreat, the G-8 also urged Iran to meet the requirements of International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors in this regard.

"We also call on Iran to address without delay all outstanding issues related to its nuclear programme, including questions concerning possible military dimensions," the declaration said, adding that the G-8 countries desire a peaceful and negotiated solution to concerns over Iran's nuclear programme, and therefore remains committed to a dual-track approach.

G-8 leaders welcomed the resumption of talks between Iran and the E3+3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union High Representative).

As such they called on Iran to seize the opportunity that began in Istanbul, and sustain this opening in Baghdad by engaging in detailed discussions about near-term, concrete steps that can, through a step-by-step approach based on reciprocity, lead towards a comprehensive negotiated solution which restores international confidence that Iran's nuclear programme is exclusively peaceful.
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