IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano's Introductory Statement to IAEA Board of Governors (Excerpts)

(As prepared for delivery)
November 17, 2016


Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Mr Chairman,

As my report on Verification and monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of United Nations Security Council resolution 2231 shows, the Agency continues to verify and monitor Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

For the second time since implementation of the JCPOA began, Iran’s inventory of heavy water exceeded 130 metric tonnes. Iran has since made preparations to transfer a quantity of heavy water out of the country, under the verification and monitoring of the Agency. Once it has been transferred, Iran’s stock of heavy water will be below 130 metric tonnes. It is important that such situations should be avoided in future in order to maintain international confidence in the implementation of the JCPOA, which represents a clear gain for nuclear verification in Iran.

Iran continues to provisionally apply the Additional Protocol to its Safeguards Agreement, pending its entry into force. The Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement. Evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran continue.