1. I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union. The following countries align themselves with this statement: Turkey§ , the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia , Montenegro* , Iceland+ , Serbia* , Albania* , Bosnia and Herzegovina* , San Marino.
2. First, let me congratulate you, Madam President, on your election as President of this 62 nd General Conference. The EU would also like to thank the IAEA Director General and the Secretariat for their professional and impartial work.
3. The EU attaches great importance to the IAEA's core mandate in the fields of non-proliferation, nuclear energy, nuclear safety, nuclear security and technical cooperation.
8. The EU is determined to work with the international community to preserve the JCPOA, an agreement, unanimously endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231. We therefore deeply regret the withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA. The EU stresses that as long as Iran continues to implement its nuclear related commitments, as it has been doing so far and has been confirmed by the IAEA in its reports, the EU will remain committed to the continued full and effective implementation of the nuclear deal. We call on all parties to implement all parts of the JCPOA fully and effectively. While welcoming the ongoing implementation, the EU reiterates the need for Iran to continue abiding strictly by all its nuclear-related commitments and to cooperate fully and in a timely manner with the IAEA, including through implementation of its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol, including by providing all requested access. In this regard, the early ratification by Iran of the AP is essential. The EU fully supports the IAEA's long-term mission of verification and monitoring of Iran's nuclear-related commitments and recalls the importance of ensuring the necessary means for the Agency to carry out its role.