Acting Director General's Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors (Excerpts)

Cornel Feruta, IAEA Acting Director General
November 21, 2019

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear


Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Madam Chairperson,

My report on Verification and monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of United Nations Security Council resolution 2231 (2015) covers relevant activities of the Agency in that country in the last few months.

It includes updates provided to the Board since my previous quarterly report in relation to the installation of a number of more advanced types of centrifuge at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant in Natanz, not only for R&D purposes but also to accumulate enriched uranium, and the resumption of uranium enrichment at Fordow.

On Monday this week, I provided a further update and informed the Board that Iran’s stock of heavy water had now exceeded 130 metric tonnes.

We will continue to update the Board as appropriate in relation to Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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.

As I reported to the Board on November 7th, the Agency has detected natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location in Iran not declared to the Agency.

We have continued our interactions with Iran since then, but have not received any additional information and the matter remains unresolved. A meeting between the Agency and Iran is scheduled next week in Tehran to discuss it further. It is essential that Iran works with the Agency to resolve this matter promptly.

I call upon Iran to provide full and timely cooperation with the Agency in implementing its Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol.