Statement by Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano at the Board of Governors Meeting starting on 7 September 2015

Item 8(a): Application of IAEA safeguards in the Middle East
Thank you, Madam Chair,
Japan would like to thank the Director General and takes note of his report dated 28th July 2015 entitled “Application of IAEA safeguards in the Middle East” (GOV/2015/45-GC(59)/15).
Madam Chair,
Japan has emphasized for a long time that all States not party to the NPT should accede to the NPT as non-nuclear-weapon States, and should conclude a Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and an Additional Protocol with the IAEA.  In this regard, Japan has been supporting the resolution entitled “Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East”, which calls upon all States in the region to accede to the NPT.
It is regrettable that the draft final document was not adopted at the NPT Review Conference this year due to the unsuccessful coordination on the organization of an international conference on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction.  However, efforts have been made among the countries concerned through several informal consultations in recent years, and after the NPT Review Conference this year, actions are on-going to reconvene the dialogue.  In this regard, Japan is of the view that collective efforts should continue to be made for building confidence in the Middle East region in order to make continuous progress towards the realization of such zone in the Middle East.
Japan sincerely hopes that the countries concerned will build confidence through constructive and sincere dialogue towards the goal of realizing a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction at the earliest possible date.
Thank you, Madam 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.
The following link from WA’s webpage contains more details: