Statement by H.E. Mr. Mitsuru Kitano, Permanent Representative, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting Item: Implementation of relevant provisions of Security Council resolution 2231(2015) in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Thank you, Madame Chair,

Japan thanks the Director General for preparing his reports under this agenda item, and takes note of these reports contained in “GOV/2015/53” and “GOV/2015/54” respectively.

Madame Chair,

Japan welcomes the agreement reached between EU3+3 and Iran for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on 14th of July this year as well as its endorsement by the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 on 20th of July.  Japan has consistently emphasized the need for a peaceful and diplomatic resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue and, therefore, highly appreciates the strenuous efforts made by all negotiating parties.

Japan also welcomes the signing of the “Road-map for the clarification of past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program” by the IAEA and Iran on the same day, 14th of July 2015, and notes that, on 15th August, Iran has provided to the Agency its explanations in writing and related documents as agreed in the ‘Road-map’. The resolution of Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) constitutes an indispensable element for a final and comprehensive solution of this issue.  In this regard, Japan strongly urges Iran to continue to fully cooperate with the IAEA in a timely manner in accordance with the agreed roadmap.

Madame Chair,

Japan welcomes the JCPOA as it will strengthen the international non-proliferation regime and lead to the stability of the Middle East region.  It is our strong hope that the JCPOA will be steadily implemented, and Japan will play an active role in the implementation process of the JCPOA.  At the same time, Japan highly appreciates the role the IAEA has played regarding the Iranian nuclear issue and will continue to support the activities of the IAEA, as it assumes even more significant roles in areas such as verification and monitoring related to the JCPOA. 

Regarding the short-term additional financial resources required for the IAEA’s activities by the end of 2015, Japan will consider making an appropriate contribution and announce its decision as soon as possible.  It is extremely important for the IAEA to secure enough resources in a seamless manner.  In this context, we look forward to seeing the largest possible number of Member States actively supporting the implementation of the agreement, including those countries that participated in the negotiations to achieve the agreement.

Madame Chair,

With regard to longer-term funding issues for 2016 and beyond, Japan supports the proposal of the Secretariat in retaining the total amount of the regular budget for 2016, while making some modifications as indicated.  Regarding the necessary expenses for and beyond 2017, it is our view that we should maintain a close dialogue between the Secretariat and Member States toward the budget update process of 2017 as indicated in GOV/2015/53 and GOV/2015/54.  In this regard, we highly appreciate the constructive management of the process in the Program and Budget Committee and the Budget Working Group for 2016-17 in which the Secretariat provided relevant information at an early stage and discussions were conducted in a transparent and open manner. For the additional cost required in the implementation process of the JCPOA, we hope that the Secretariat will provide sufficient information for Member States as soon as it becomes available, and that Member States can engage in discussions in a transparent and open manner. Also, it is our hope that decisions for a funding method for the related expenses will be made as early as possible.

With these comments, Japan supports the actions recommended to the Board of Governors contained in GOV/2015/53 and GOV/2015/54.

Thank you, Madame Chair.
The Practical Export Control Workshop was hosted by the Wassenaar Arrangement as part of its 20th Anniversary programs and held at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna on 27 and 28 June 2016. More than 100 government representatives from 46 countries participated in the technically focused Practical Workshop.
Workshop speakers included the 2016 WA Plenary Chair Ambassador Anu Laamanen (Finland), 2016 WA General Working Group Chair Ambassador Paul Beijer (Sweden), 2015-2016 WA Experts Group Chair Robertas Rosinas (Lithuania), 2016 WA Licensing and Enforcement Officers Meeting Chair Jon Erik Strömö (Norway), as well as the Head of the WA Secretariat, Ambassador Philip Griffiths. The WA control lists as well as export licensing and enforcement topics were covered during the two days.
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