Statement by Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on Monday, 10 June 2019: Agenda Item 5: Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231(2015)

Thank you, Madame Chair,

Japan appreciates the Director General’s report on Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, dated 31st May 2019 (GOV/2019/21). We also highly value the recent technical briefing by the Secretariat on the 6th of June. The Director General’s report contains appropriate and sufficient details, which Japan highly appreciates. The details in this report serve the objective of increasing the transparency of the implementation of the JCPOA.

Japan continues to firmly support the JCPOA, as it strengthens the international non-proliferation regime and contributes to the peace and stability of the Middle East region. From this stand point, Japan has supported Iran’s implementation of the JCPOA. Iran’s steady implementation of the JCPOA is the basis for further cooperation between Iran and the international community, including Japan.

Our views on the withdrawal of the US from the JCPOA were shared at the previous meetings. While Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe is going to visit Teheran soon,Japan will remain in close communication with the relevant parties to maintain the JCPOA.

Madame Chair,

On 8th of May, Iran announced their decision to stop some of the measures under the JCPOA nuclear related commitments. Japan carefully listened to Director General Amano's introductory statement in this regard, and we re-emphasize the importance of Iran's steady implementation. Meanwhile, Japan takes note that Iran's recent announcement was not meant to be a withdrawal from the JCPOA. Iran should avoid causing any doubt about the peaceful nature of it's nuclear activities. We would like to strongly urge Iran to continue to implement the JCPOA and cooperate with the IAEA.

It is of great importance that the Agency continues to verify and monitor Iran’s implementation of the Additional Protocol and its other nuclear related commitments under the JCPOA. It is also essential that the Agency’s regular reports to the Board provide adequate information on Iran’s implementation. Complementary accesses are a vital tool to assure the peaceful use of nuclear related activities, and Iran’s timely and proactive cooperation is required. We recognize that the Secretariat has various safeguards-related information. It is of the utmost importance that the Secretariat continues to carry out appropriate Safeguards activities in view of all available information. Japan strongly supports the Secretariat’s efforts in this regard.

Madame Chair,

I would like to emphasize that the support of the international community remains crucial, as the Agency assumes an increasingly essential role. It is, therefore, imperative for the IAEA to secure sufficient resources in a seamless manner. In this context, we look forward to seeing the largest possible number of Member States actively providing financial support to the implementation of the agreement. Furthermore, the implementation of the JCPOA by Iran should be supported, and Japan has been contributing in this regard.

Madame Chair,

The exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme and non-diversion must be ensured through the full implementation of the JCPOA. In this regard, the early ratification of the Additional Protocol by Iran is essential. Japan hopes that the Board of Governors will continue to address the issue of verification and monitoring in Iran in its future meetings, based on regular reports by the Director General that contain adequate information regarding Iran’s implementation of its commitments.

Thank you, Madame Chair.