Thank you Mr. Chairman,
The United States extends its appreciation to the Director General for his February 24th report on Iran’s implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and to the Secretariat for its briefing on February 28th. We commend the DG, the Deputy DG for Safeguards, and their staff, for their continued professionalism in carrying out their responsibilities in Iran. We welcome the Director General’s confirmation that the IAEA continues to monitor and verify Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments.
The Agency’s continued verification and monitoring of Iran’s JCPOA commitments is essential to building international assurance that Iran’s nuclear program is and remains exclusively peaceful. As we have made clear in the past and underscore again today, Iran must strictly and fully adhere to all commitments and technical measures for their duration to enable the IAEA to provide such assurance. Nothing short of strict implementation will assure the international community that Iran is upholding its commitments. I can promise you that the United States will approach questions of JCPOA interpretation, implementation, and enforcement with great strictness indeed.
Should any new nuclear concerns arise in Iran, the IAEA maintains its full safeguards-related authorities to investigate them. Any new and credible concerns of undeclared nuclear activities can and must be pursued by the IAEA. We expect and have full confidence that the Agency and its skilled cadre of professional inspectors would do so appropriately and with vigor. In this regard, we welcome the Director General’s report that the IAEA continues to evaluate the initial declarations submitted by Iran under the Additional Protocol. We also welcome the Agency’s conduct of complementary access inspections under the Additional Protocol to sites and other locations in Iran.
The United States greatly appreciates the characteristic professionalism of the Director General’s reports under this agenda item. The United States welcomes the more detailed nature of this report, including new information related to the decisions of the Joint Commission that the E3/EU+3, or P5+1, and Iran have now made public. This information is needed to allow the Board of Governors and the JCPOA participants to accurately assess Iran’s implementation of its commitments and ensure appropriate enforcement of its requirements. The report helps to strengthen the foundation of verification on which the JCPOA rests. We welcome inclusion of the additional level of detail, and expect it will continue in the future.
The issues discussed in the Director General’s report underscore the importance of robust and sustained efforts by the IAEA to fulfill its monitoring role on the ground in Iran. The United States welcomes the numerous pledges of financial support for the IAEA’s efforts with respect to JCPOA monitoring, as well as the integration of appropriate verification costs within the regular budget. In that context we’d like to express thanks for the new pledge by Germany made a few minutes ago. New responsibilities in Iran must not detract from the Agency’s other essential tasks globally in safeguards, security, safety, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
With these comments, the United States takes note of the Director General’s report contained in document GOV/2017/10, and requests that the report be made public.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.