I am pleased to welcome Grenada as a new Member State of the IAEA. This brings our membership to 170 countries.
A number of important reports are on the agenda of this meeting.
The Annual Report for 2017 is the Board’s report to the General Conference. It provides a summary of significant Agency activities to promote peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology, enhance nuclear safety and security, and implement safeguards.
Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran
I will now turn to verification and monitoring in Iran.
The United States – one of the parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action– announced its withdrawal from the agreement last month. The Agency continues to verify and monitor Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA, as requested by the UN Security Council and authorised by the Board of Governors.
As stated in my latest report to the Board, the Agency has conducted complementary accesses under the Additional Protocol to all the sites and locations in Iran which we needed to visit. Timely and proactive cooperation by Iran in providing such access would facilitate implementation of the Additional Protocol and enhance confidence.
On May 25th, I was invited by the Joint Commission of the JCPOA to attend part of the meeting that took place in Vienna. I briefed participants on the IAEA’s verification and monitoring activities in Iran.
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.