Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of my government, I congratulate you on your election as President of the sixty second IAEA General Conference. I fully endorse the statement made by the European Union.
II. Energy Transition in Germany
Madame Chair, The IAEA plays a central role in nearly every question that arises in the context of nuclear technology and Germany will continue to be a constructive and reliable partner of the Secretariat and all Member States.
Germany, together with our EU partners, remains firmly committed to the sustained and full implementation of the JCPoA. The Nuclear Agreement with Iran constitutes an important element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture, based on the NPT, and as such contributes significantly to security in the Middle East and beyond. Therefore, maintaining the JCPoA is a national and shared European security interest. Together with our EU partners, we have made it clear that we will uphold the JCPoA as long as Iran fully complies with its JCPoA commitments.
Through a combination of tight nuclear restrictions and the world’s most robust verification regime today, implemented by the IAEA, the JCPoA ensures that Iran’s nuclear programme is exclusively peaceful. I would like to commend the IAEA Director General and the Secretariat for their important work in this regard.
Iran is called upon to extend full cooperation with the IAEA, including by replying in a timely manner to IAEA communications and requests for access.
Up to the present day, we have substantially contributed to the IAEA’s activities under the JCPoA and, before, the JPA, with more than 4.48 Mio. Euro of extra-budgetary funding. We encourage all Member States to help ensure that the IAEA is able to conduct its long-term verification and monitoring mission.