Statement by Ambassador HIKIHARA Takeshi at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on Monday, 14 September 2020: Item 8: Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231(2015)

Thank you, Madame Chair,

Japan appreciates the Director General’s reports 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.

Madame Chair,

We are strongly concerned about Iran’s continued reduction of its commitments under the JCPOA, such as the stockpile of the LEU exceeding 2,000 kg, uranium enrichment level, the centrifuge R&D activities, and uranium enrichment in Fordow. The Agency also verified that the headers and sub-headers had been installed at FEP, where Iran informed its intention to install three cascades.

Japan once again strongly urges Iran to fully comply with the JCPOA, to immediately return to its full commitment and to refrain from further measures that may undermine the JCPOA.

Madame Chair,

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. Timely and proactive cooperation by Iran in providing the complementary access would facilitate implementation of the AP and enhance confidence. Japan hopes 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 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.

Madame Chair,

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.