United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Opening Comments to IAEA General Conference (Excerpts)

September 17, 2007

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

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In addition, the Agency is also facing many challenges relating to nuclear weapons. Future progress in disarmament may eventually lead to new roles for the IAEA, especially in the disposition of nuclear weapons materials. With respect to non-proliferation, the IAEA is continuing its engagement with Iran and is once again implementing certain safeguards activities in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The Agency is promoting the Additional Protocol to strengthen safeguards, seeking greater transparency in export controls, and working to strengthen the physical security of nuclear material, thereby reducing the risk of nuclear terrorism.



As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I look forward to working together with you in meeting the challenges ahead. We must redouble our efforts to revitalize the international disarmament and non-proliferation agenda, and rid the world of nuclear weapons. I am confident that your deliberations and decisions will help us reach that objective.



In that spirit, please accept my best wishes for a successful and productive Conference.