Statement by Minister MATSUO Hirotaka at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on Monday, 9 March 2020 : Item 6 (c): Application of safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Thank you, Madame Chair,
The report of last August by the Acting Director General on the application of safeguards in North Korea mentions that the continuation of North Korea’s nuclear programme is a clear violation of relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and is deeply regrettable.  Last September, General Conference adopted the resolution on “Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement between the Agency and the DPRK”. In this resolution, we were able to jointly demonstrate the position of the IAEA towards the denuclearization of North Korea.
North Korea has not carried out the dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.
Furthermore, since last week, North Korea has made multiple launches of what appears to be ballistic missiles in quick succession. It is extremely regrettable that North Korea went ahead with the launches of ballistic missiles which are in violation of relevant UNSCRs (United Nations Security Council resolutions).
Madame Chair,
Japan will continue to support the process between the US and North Korea and closely coordinate with the international community toward the resolution of outstanding issues of concern regarding North Korea.
Japan strongly urges North Korea to fully comply with all its obligations under relevant UNSC resolutions, and to take concrete steps towards achieving complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of all of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, ballistic missiles of all ranges as well as related programs and facilities in accordance with relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions(UNSCRs).
The international community needs to cooperate to support progress in the process between the US and North Korea. Japan emphasizes the critical importance for all states to fully implement relevant UNSC resolutions, and calls upon all states to continue working together to this end.
Madame 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 consider it important that Agency’s expertise, knowledge and experience is utilized. And we hope that the IAEA should take an important role in verifying North Korea’s nuclear program, if concrete progress towards denuclearization of North Korea is made.
Thank you, Madame Chair.