Statement by Minister Hirotaka Matsuo at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on 9 September 2019: Item 7(a): The conclusion of safeguards agreements and of additional protocols

Thank you, Madam Chair,

Japan highly appreciates respective efforts made by both the Republic of Bolivia and Ethiopia with the Secretariat to prepare the text of the Additional Protocol. We welcome this step by the government of the Republic of Bolivia and the government of Ethiopia to conclude the Additional Protocol, which clearly demonstrates its emphasis on measures for nuclear non-proliferation.

Japan recognizes that international endeavour for promotion and universalization of the Additional Protocol is extremely important in further strengthening the effectiveness and improving the efficiency of IAEA safeguards. We believe that this serves the objective of strengthening the international nuclear non-proliferation regime centered on the NPT. In this respect, I wish to stress that Japan has made consistent effort to increase the understanding of the Additional Protocol among relevant States, and to provide necessary assistance including capacity building for safeguards and regulatory officials in those States, making full use of its own experiences in concluding and implementing its Additional Protocol.

In this regard, Japan would like to have an opportunity here in Vienna to discuss the importance of the AP and promote conclusion of AP towards the 2020 NPT Review Conference.

With regard to Ethiopia, Japan recalls the National Workshop in Addis Ababa in April 2017 organized by the Agency. Japan has made a financial contribution through the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Fund.

Japan remains committed to making such efforts in cooperation with the Secretariat and interested States.

With these comments, Japan supports the recommended action.

Thank you, Madam Chair.