Thank you, Chair,

Japan appreciates the Director General’s reports on this Agenda Item, as well as the technical briefing by Deputy Director General Aparo and his team.

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 ongoing dialogue on the JCPOA among relevant countries and, at this critical juncture of the negotiations, reiterates our strong hope for the immediate return to compliance with the JCPOA by all relevant countries.


Japan remains deeply concerned over Iran’s continued actions inconsistent with its commitments including increased stockpile of UF6 enriched up to 60% and 20% as well as the further development and deployment of advanced centrifuges in FEP, PFEP and FFEP.

Japan expresses once again its serious concern over the fact that, since 23 February of last year, the Agency’s verification and monitoring activities have been seriously affected as a result of Iran’s decision to stop the implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA, including the AP and modified Code 3.1. In addition, it is deeply worrisome that, as a result of Iran’s decision to remove all of the Agency’s equipment for surveillance and monitoring activities under the JCPOA, considerable challenges would remain for the Agency to confirm the consistency of Iran’s declared inventory, even with measures to address the knowledge gap.

The 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.


Against the backdrop of the Vienna talks, Japan once again 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, the implementation of modified Code 3.1 and other transparency measures. Japan urges Iran to fully cooperate with the Agency.

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, Chair.