Thank you, Chair,
Japan welcomes the updates given by the three States concerned and Director General Grossi on this trilateral cooperation on nuclear naval propulsion during this board. Japan also welcomes the engagement between the three States and the IAEA on this matter, including the technical consultations between those States and the Agency, as explained in the updates made by the three States during this session.
It is crucially important to maintain and strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime. Recalling the firm commitment of the three States to maintaining the highest possible non-proliferation standards, Japan believes that they will ensure that this AUKUS initiative is carried out in a manner that sets a strong non-proliferation example.
The DG and his team have been duly carrying out their work based upon objective facts, in accordance with the IAEA’s statutory mandate and with the respective safeguards agreements of the three AUKUS countries. We are convinced that they will continue such work in the future. We will steadily support their dedicated efforts.
Japan believes that any attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the work of the Director General and his team, as authorized by the Board would be detrimental to the credibility and integrity of the Agency.

Thank you, Chair.