Thank you, Madame Chair,
Japan appreciates the Director General’s report on this Agenda Item as well as the technical briefing by the Secretariat.
Japan continues to firmly support the JCPOA, as it strengthens the international non-proliferation regime and contributes to the peace and stability of the Middle East region. In this regard, we have already shared our views on the withdrawal of the US from the JCPOA at previous meetings.
According to the Director General’s report, the stockpile of the LEU continues increasing beyond the maximum amount specified in the JCPOA, and it reaches over 1,500kg. The report confirms activities beyond the limits in the JCPOA in terms of the centrifuge Research and Development, which includes Iran’s notification regarding Line 1 of PFEP, as well as the uranium enrichment level, uranium enrichment activities in Fordow and the stocks of the Heavy Water.
We are strongly concerned about Iran’s continued reduction of its commitments under the JCPOA. Japan once again strongly urges Iran to fully comply with the JCPOA, to immediately return to its full commitment under the JCPOA and to refrain from further measures that may undermine the JCPOA.
It is of utmost importance that the Secretariat continues to carry out appropriate safeguards activities, including complementary access, taking account of all available information. Therefore, Japan strongly supports the Secretariat’s professional and impartial efforts in this regard. Japan wishes that the interactions between the Agency and Iran on the uranium particle issue will continue toward resolving the matter. We call upon Iran to fully and immediately cooperate with the IAEA in accordance with its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and the Additional Protocol.
Together with the international community, Japan will continue its diplomatic efforts toward easing tensions and stabilizing the situation in the Middle East region.
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 this issue, based on regular reports by the Director General.
Thank you, Madame Chair.