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 firmly supports the JCPOA, which strengthens the international non-proliferation regime and contributes to the peace and stability of the Middle East. Japan supports the series of continued constructive dialogue on the JCPOA among relevant countries, and hopes to see progress in the dialogue under the new Iranian administration towards the immediate return to its full implementation of the JCPOA. Japan will contribute proactively to this end. Also, during Foreign Minister Motegi’s visit to Iran in August, Japan urged Iran to take constructive measures.

Japan highly commends the DG’s efforts to communicate and engage with the new Government of Iran, in particular his recent visit to Tehran. We acknowledge the joint statement on 12th of September as it helps provide diplomatic space for relevant countries returning to full implementation of the JCPOA.

Madam Chair,

Despite the recent development I just mentioned, Japan reiterates its strong concern over Iran’s continued actions inconsistent with its commitments, including increased stockpile of UF6 enriched up to 60% and 20%, expanded enrichment capacity of UF6 up to 60%, production of uranium metal including that with enriched uranium up to 20%, as well as the development and deployment of advanced

Madam Chair,

Japan expresses once again its serious concern over the fact that, since 23 February, the Agency’s verification and monitoring activities have been seriously undermined as a result of Iran’s decision to stop implementing the transparency measures. It is necessary for Iran to rectify the situation without delay to save the Agency’s confidence on continuity of knowledge. Japan is also paying close attention to the interactions between Iran and the Agency concerning the data storage medium and the recording unit from the destroyed camera. We attach utmost importance to maintaining the continuity of knowledge, which we strongly hope to be achieved through full implementation of the joint statement on 12th of September.

Exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme must be ensured through the full implementation of the JCPOA and the whole set of transparency measures is at its heart. Iran should avoid causing any doubt about the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities.

Madam Chair,

Japan once again strongly urges Iran to refrain from taking further measures that undermine the JCPOA and to immediately return to its full commitment, including the provisional application of the Additional Protocol and other transparency measures. Japan urges Iran to fully cooperate with the Agency.

Madam Chair,

Japan commends and fully supports the professional and impartial efforts of the Director General and the Secretariat, including use of all available information and provision of reports with appropriate and sufficient details.

Japan requests the Director General to keep the Board of Governors informed with the development, so that the Board will continue to address this important issue.

Thank you, Madame Chair.