Statement by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano (Excerpts)

September 13, 2010

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

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Implementation of Safeguards in the Islamic Republic of Iran

You have before you my report on Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Council Resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

While the Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran, Iran has not provided the necessary cooperation to permit the Agency to confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.

The cooperation needed includes, among other things, implementation of relevant resolutions of the IAEA Board of Governors and the United Nations Security Council, implementation of the Additional Protocol and of modified Code 3.1, as well as the clarification of issues related to possible military dimensions to Iran´s nuclear programme.

I learned with great regret about Iran's decision to object to the designation of two inspectors who recently conducted inspections in Iran. I express my full confidence in the professionalism and impartiality of the inspectors concerned. Both are very knowledgeable about the nuclear fuel cycle and have long experience in Iran.

As noted in my report, Iran's repeated objection to the designation of inspectors with experience in Iran's nuclear fuel cycle and facilities hampers the inspection process. I call upon Iran once again to reconsider its decision of 16 January 2007 to request the Agency to withdraw the designation of 38 inspectors.

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Tehran Research Reactor

Regarding Iran's request to the Agency to facilitate the supply of nuclear fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor, I have continued to consult with all concerned parties.

I received responses from the Governments of France, the Russian Federation and the United States concerning Iran's communication of 24 May. I promptly conveyed these to the Government of Iran. In its reply of 26 July, the Government of Iran reaffirmed its readiness to engage in talks based on the Joint Declaration signed by the Foreign Ministers of Iran, Brazil and Turkey.

In late July, I conveyed to all interested parties my readiness to host a meeting to facilitate the process. I stand ready to convene such a meeting, subject to the agreement of all concerned parties.

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