Statement by Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on 4 March 2019: Agenda Item 5(c): Application of safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Thank you, Madam Chair,

As the second Summit between the US and North Korea ended last week, Japan fully supports President Trump’s decision, with his strong determination to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, that he would not make any concession easily, and at the same time continue constructive discussions and urge North Korea to take concrete actions. Japan continues to support the process between the US and North Korea and closely coordinate with the international community toward the resolution of outstanding issues of concern regarding North Korea.

The IAEA Director General pointed out that North Korea continues its nuclear program. Japan reaffirms its strong commitment to working with the international community in achieving complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement (CVID) of all of North Korea’s nuclear weapons, existing nuclear programs, and related facilities in accordance with relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Madam Chair,

The international community needs to come together to support progress in the process between the US and North Korea. We emphasize the critical importance for all States to fully implement relevant UN Security Council resolutions. We call upon all States to continue working collectively to this end.

Japan highly appreciates the Secretariat’s work to enhance the Agency’s ability and readiness to verify North Korea’s nuclear program, which has been carried out within its mandate. We consider it is important that Agency’s expertise, knowledge and experience should be utilized. And we hope that the IAEA should take a key role in verifying North Korea’s nuclear program, when concrete progress for denuclearization of North Korea is made.

Thank you, Madam Chair.