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 13th November 2017 (GOV/2017/48). We also highly value the recent technical briefing by the Secretariat on the 15th of November.
Japan continues to firmly support the JCPOA, which strengthens the international non-proliferation regime and contributes to the peace and stability of the Middle East region. Japan greatly appreciates the effort made by all relevant parties for its steady implementation. Iran’s steady implementation of the JCPOA is the basis for further cooperation between Iran and the international community, including Japan. In this regard, Japan will support Iran’s implementation in a concrete manner. Japan strongly hopes that the JCPOA will continue to be fully implemented by all relevant Parties.
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, it is also important 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 sufficient information, and Japan highly appreciates it. This information serves the objective of increasing the transparency of the implementation of the JCPOA.  Japan takes note that the Agency has conducted complementary accesses to all the sites and locations in Iran which it needed to visit.
I would like to emphasize that the support of the international community remains crucial, as the Agency assumes an increasingly important role.  It is, therefore, 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 providing financial support to the implementation of the agreement, in particular by those countries which were directly involved in concluding the agreement. Furthermore, other types of  support is important for the implementation, and in this regard I wish to inform to the Board that in September, Japan hosted an IAEA training course for Iran with the participation of 26 Iranian Safeguards related personnel. This training course was to support Iran’s Safeguards implementation including the Additional Protocol. We strongly hope that it contributes to the smooth implementation of the JCPOA by Iran and enhances further cooperation between the Agency and Iran.
Mr. Chairman,
The exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme and non-diversion must be ensured through the full implementation of the JCPOA. In this regard, the early ratification of the Additional Protocol by Iran is essential.  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.