Statement by Ambassador HIKIHARA Takeshi at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on Monday, 6 March 2023 Item 7: Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards in Ukraine

Thank you, Chair,

Japan aligns itself with the joint statement read by Canada and wish to add the following points.

Japan thanks the Director General and the Secretariat for preparing the report on this agenda item.

Japan remains deeply concerned about the situation of nuclear safety and security at all nuclear facilities in Ukraine, in particular at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). As the Director General reported, the situation continues to be dangerous and precarious, with the Seven Pillars outlined by the Director General being seriously compromised at the site. We are particularly concerned about the repeated power supply disconnections, as described by the Director General this morning, which underscores the vulnerability of the off-site power supply due to ongoing military activities at the site and in its vicinity, as well as the extremely stressful conditions that the Ukrainian operating staff are forced to endure, which may have potential consequences for nuclear safety and security.


Japan once again expresses grave concern that for about one year the Russian Federation has not heeded the call of the Board expressed in the past three resolutions.

Japan condemns in the strongest terms the reckless and unacceptable action and the continuing aggression against Ukraine by the Russian Federation as well as Russia’s continued occupation and control over the ZNPP. This poses serious and direct threats to nuclear safety and security in Ukraine.
Japan strongly urges the Russian Federation to immediately cease all activities preventing the competent Ukrainian Authorities from fully controlling all nuclear facilities and material within its internationally recognized borders in order to restore safe and secure operations by Ukraine.


Japan reiterates its deep appreciation to Director General Grossi, the Agency staff at all nuclear sites in Ukraine, and all other staff who are making dedicated efforts for the safe and secure operation of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities, as well as proper safeguards activities, during this very difficult situation. We welcome the establishment of a continuous presence of the IAEA nuclear safety and security experts at all of Ukraine’s nuclear sites. The IAEA’s presence is essential in acquiring the impartial first-hand knowledge about the situation of the nuclear facilities in Ukraine.

Japan also commends the IAEA for continuing to implement safeguards in Ukraine, including in-field verification activities, in accordance with Ukraine’s Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol. As the Director General reported, based on the evaluation of all safeguards-relevant information available to the IAEA to date, the IAEA has not found any indication that would give rise to a proliferation concern nor any indications of undeclared nuclear activities and materials related to the development of radiological dispersal devices.

Japan continues to support Director General Grossi’s efforts to establish a nuclear safety and security protection zone around the ZNPP, in a manner that respects full Ukrainian sovereignty over its internationally recognised territory.

Japan firmly supports the IAEA’s efforts related to Ukraine’s nuclear facilities, including the continued presence of the IAEA Support and Assistance Missions and delivery of equipment. In addition to the contribution I mentioned at my previous intervention(s) during this Board meeting, Japan has further decided to provide an additional contribution of 2 million euros towards the IAEA's work related to Ukraine, bringing our total contribution to approximately 12 million euros.

I thank you, Chair.