Statement by Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on Thursday, 22 November 2018: Item 5(c): Application of safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Thank you, Madam Chair.

At the Summit between the US and North Korea in June, the intention of Chairman Kim Jong-un towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was reaffirmed in the form of a document. Japan supports this as a step forward to the comprehensive resolution of outstanding issues of concern regarding North Korea.

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. The Director General’s report of this year pointed out that North Korea continues its nuclear program, and the Director General’s introductory statement also confirms this. Japan calls on North Korea to take concrete steps toward denuclearization.

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.

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.