Statement by Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on Monday, 10 September 2018: Item 7(d): Application of safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Japan supports the development that Chairman Kim Jong-un’s intention toward “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula was reaffirmed in writing in the Summit between the United States and North Korea in June, 2018, which is a step toward the comprehensive resolution of outstanding issues of concern regarding North Korea.

North Korea, however, has taken no concrete steps toward “complete denuclearization” to date. The situation surrounding North Korea remains uncertain. I would like to draw the attention of the Board to the Director General’s report issued last month, which refers to the continuation of the nuclear programme of North Korea.

Now the process between the United States and North Korea is approaching a critical stage, and it is important to support the process toward the achievement of CVID.

In this regard, we emphasize the critical importance for all States to fully implement relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. We call upon all States to continue working collectively to this end.

Mr. 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 believe it is important that the Agency’s expertise, knowledge and experience should be utilized. We do hope that the IAEA should take a central role in verifying North Korea’s nuclear programme, when concrete progress for denuclearization of North Korea is made.

Thank you, Mr. Chair.