Statement by Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano at the Board of Governors Meeting starting on Thursday, 20 November 2014 Item4(b): 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 7th November 2014 (GOV/2014/58) and appreciates the Secretariat’s strenuous efforts towards clarifying the Iranian nuclear issue.

It is extremely regrettable to note the reference made in the DG report that “Iran has not provided any explanations that enable the Agency to clarify the outstanding practical measures, nor has it proposed any new practical measures in the next step of the Framework for Cooperation”. This attitude of Iran not only contradicts Iran’s statement of its firm commitment, expressed at a high level, to the implementation of the Framework for Cooperation as well as its stated willingness to accelerate the resolution of all outstanding issues, but also contravenes the agreement between the IAEA and Iran to resolve all present and past issues as stipulated in the Framework for Cooperation. At the same time, I would like to recall that Iran mentioned that “based on Iran’s principled positions, Iran continues to cooperate with the IAEA on some of the ambiguities in order to clarify them” during the September Board of Governors. 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.

Japan supports the reference in the DG’s report that “the Agency is ready to accelerate the resolution of all outstanding issues under the Framework for Cooperation. This can be realized by increased cooperation by Iran and by the timely provision of access to all relevant information, documentation, sites, material and personnel in Iran as requested by the Agency.” We also support that the Director General’s plan to report on the Agency’s assessment to the Board of Governors “once the Agency has established an understanding of the whole picture concerning issues with possible military dimensions”. Japan is of the view that any practical measures, including one on the EBW, should not be closed until the Agency has been able to assess all the outstanding issues relating to the PMD as a whole.

In this regard, Japan is concerned by the reference in the DG’s report that another technical meeting between the IAEA and Iran will not take place before 24th November 2014, which is the deadline for the negotiations between the EU3+3 and Iran. Regardless of the talks between the EU3+3 and Iran, Iran is required to resolve all present and past issues in accordance with the Framework for Cooperation which was agreed with the IAEA. Different processes, and, therefore, the delay in the negotiations with the IAEA cannot be justified by the negotiations between the EU3+3 and Iran.

Japan fully supports the efforts by the EU3+3 in pursuit of a final and comprehensive resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue. In this context, we continue to support the IAEA’s role in verification and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear-related activities including in the implementation of the extended Joint Plan of Action. Japan strongly hopes for the conclusion of negotiations which will lead to the resolution of the Iranian nuclear dossier in a comprehensive manner. We are willing to continue 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. The resolution of the PMD constitutes an indispensable element for the final and comprehensive solution of this issue. 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.
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