Statement by Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano at the Board of Governors Meeting starting on Monday, 2 March 2015 Item 6(d): Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement and relevant provisions of UN Security Council resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Japan takes note of the Director General’s report dated 19th February 2015 (GOV/2015/15) and appreciates the Secretariat’s strenuous efforts towards clarifying the Iranian nuclear issue.
It is extremely regrettable once again to make note of the reference made in the DG report that “Iran has not provided any explanations that enable the Agency to clarify the two outstanding practical measures, nor has it proposed any new practical measures in the next step of the Framework for Cooperation”.   Regardless of the fact that “it was agreed that another technical meeting to further discuss the two outstanding practical measures would take place” after 24th November 2014, it has not yet thus far taken place.  This fact contravenes the agreement between the IAEA and Iran to resolve all present and past issues as stipulated in the Framework for Cooperation.  From this standpoint, we welcome the information provided by the Deputy Director General Varjoranta this morning that next round of talk is scheduled on 9th March between the IAEA and Iran.  We support the reference made by the Director General in his meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif in which he “stressed the need to resolve, as soon as possible, all outstanding issues related to Iran’s nuclear programme”.  Japan stresses that it is extremely important for Iran to promptly deliver tangible outcomes by engaging with the Agency without further delay on the substance of the Agency’s concerns.

In this regard, as Iran is required to resolve all present and past issues in accordance with the Framework for Cooperation which was agreed with the IAEA, a delay in the negotiations with the IAEA cannot be justified by the negotiations between the EU3+3 and Iran. The resolution of the PMD constitutes an indispensable element for a final and comprehensive solution of this issue.

Japan continues to fully support the efforts by the EU3+3 in pursuit of a final and comprehensive resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue.  We also fully support the IAEA’s role in verification and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear-related activities.  In this context, Japan has decided to make an appropriate additional voluntary contribution for the additional costs for the IAEA in the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) during the extended period until the end of June this year.
Japan strongly hopes that Iran demonstrates flexibility and concludes the negotiations towards the final and comprehensive agreement within the shortest possible time while continuing the steady implementation of the JPA.  We are willing to play a constructive role to this end.
In order to dispel the concerns and to restore the confidence of the international community, Japan calls upon Iran to take actions in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the IAEA Board of Governors and the UN Security Council, including the implementation of the Additional Protocol and the modified Code 3.1, as well as to implement steadily the respective agreements with the IAEA and with the EU3+3.  Japan also urges Iran to cooperate fully with the Agency to resolve all outstanding issues, including those related to the PMD.  We strongly hope that such actions by Iran and the tangible outcomes resulting from such actions will lead to a peaceful and diplomatic resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue at the earliest possible time.
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: