Statement by Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on 14 June 2017 Agenda Item 6: Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231(2015)

Thank you, Mr. Chairman,
Japan appreciates the Director General’s report on Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 dated 2nd June 2017 (GOV/2017/24). We also appreciate the technical briefing by the Secretariat on 6th June.
Japan will continue to support the JCPOA, which strengthens the international non-proliferation regime and helps to contribute to the peace and stability of the Middle East region, and Japan highly appreciates the effort made by all parties for the steady implementation of the JCPOA. It should be recalled that Iran’s steady implementation of the JCPOA is the basis for further cooperation between Iran and the international community, including Japan. Japan strongly hopes that the JCPOA will continue to be fully implemented, and we will provide active support for this objective.
Mr. Chairman,
It is of great importance that the Agency continues to verify and monitor Iran’s implementation of the Additional Protocol and its other nuclear related commitments under the JCPOA, and that the Agency’s regular reports to the Board provide adequate information on Iran’s implementation. The Director General’s latest report contains appropriate and adequate information which Japan highly appreciates, as this information serves the objective of increasing the transparency of the implementation of the JCPOA. I emphasize that the support of the international community remains crucial, as the Agency assumes an increasingly important role and 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, in particular by those countries which were directly involved in concluding the agreement.
Mr. Chairman,
The exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme and non-diversion must be ensured through the full implementation of the JCPOA. Japan hopes that the Board of Governors will continue to address the verification and monitoring in Iran in its future meetings, in an appropriate manner, based on regular reports by the Director General that contain adequate information regarding Iran’s implementation of its commitments.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.