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 dialogue on the JCPOA among relevant countries and reiterates our strong hope for the immediate return to compliance with the JCPOA by all relevant countries.
The exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program must be ensured through the full implementation of the JCPOA, and the whole set of transparency measures is at its heart.
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 Iran decided in June to remove all of the Agency’s equipment for surveillance and monitoring activities under the JCPOA.

The current situation has an impact beyond verification. It would also have a significant impact on the Agency’s ability to recover and re-establish the necessary continuity of knowledge in the future. As the DG report states, the longer the current situation persists the greater the uncertainty becomes. 

Iran should avoid causing any doubt about the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities.

Japan remains deeply concerned over Iran’s continued actions inconsistent with its JCPOA commitments including increased stockpile of UF6 enriched up to 60% and 20% as well as the further development and deployment of advanced centrifuges especially in FEP.
As we have consistently and continuously done through high-level meetings with Iran, Japan once again urges Iran to fully and immediately return to its JCPOA commitments, 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 detailed reports in the current difficult situation.
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.