Statement by Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano at the Board of Governors Meeting on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 Item: Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015)

Thank you, Mr. Chairman,
Japan takes note of the Director General’s report on Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 dated 16th January 2016 (GOV/INF/2016/1), and welcomes that the “Implementation Day” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)  was reached on that day.
Japan highly appreciates the Secretariat’s strenuous efforts for extensive verification activities which resulted in the Director General’s report before us, and a detailed technical briefing by Mr. Varjoranta, Deputy Director General. Japan commends the effort made by EU3+3 and Islamic Republic of Iran under the framework of the JCPOA .
Japan strongly hopes the steady implementation of the JCPOA, which will strengthen the international non-proliferation regime and contribute to the peace and stability of the Middle East region. Japan will support the implementation of the JCPOA in a proactive manner.
It is of great importance that the Agency monitors and verifies Iran’s implementation of the Additional Protocol and the Modified Code 3.1., as well as its other commitments under the JCPOA.
Mr. Chairman,
The international community should support the Agency’s verification and monitoring activities under the JCPOA, as the importance of these activities becomes even much greater after the Implementation Day. Japan spares no efforts to extend its cooperation for the steady implementation of the JCPOA. It is extremely important for the IAEA to secure sufficient 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, to be led by those countries which strived to achieve the agreement. Japan, on its part, will consider its appropriate support in a concrete manner. As for the necessary budget after 2017, it is our hope to conduct close consultation between the Secretariat and the Member States and to achieve an agreement to enhance predictability as soon as possible.
The exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme should be ensured through the full implementation of the JCPOA. Japan hopes that the Board of Governors will continue to address this issue in its future meetings in an appropriate manner based on reports by the Director General regarding Iran’s implementation of its commitments.
Mr. Chairman,
Taking this opportunity, I would like to refer to the 4th nuclear test conducted by North Korea on 6th January. The international community including Japan has repeatedly called on North Korea to fully comply with the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, the Joint Statement of the Six Party Talks and IAEA resolutions, and not to conduct any further provocation, including nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches. This nuclear test, which North Korea conducted despite these calls, is totally unacceptable, as it constitutes a grave threat to Japan’s security and seriously undermines the peace and security of Northeast Asia as well as the international community. Japan strongly condemns North Korea, and I reiterate Japan’s strong opposition to this nuclear test.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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: