Statement by Ambassador Takeshi Hikihara at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on 9 September 2019:Agenda Item 7(b): Application of safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Thank you, Madam Chair,

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.

North Korea has not carried out the dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner: There has been no essential change in North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities.

Madam Chair,

The latest report by the Acting Director General on the application of safeguards in North Korea mentioned that the continuation of North Korea’s nuclear programme is a clear violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions. Japan expresses deep regret for recent launches of ballistic missiles by North Korea which violate the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

Japan reaffirms its strong commitment to working with the international community in achieving complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of all of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, ballistic missiles of all ranges as well as related programs and facilities in accordance with relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions(UNSCRs).

The international community needs to come together to support progress in the process between the US and North Korea. Japan emphasizes the critical importance for all States to fully implement relevant UNSCRs, and calls upon all States to continue working collectively to this end.

Madam Chair,

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.