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

March 5, 2018

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Mr Chairman,

I will begin by welcoming Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as a new Member State of the Agency. This brings our membership to 169 States.

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Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Mr Chairman,

The Agency has been verifying and monitoring the implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for more than two years.

The JCPOA represents a significant gain for verification. As of today, I can state that Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments. It is essential that Iran continues to fully implement those commitments. If the JCPOA were to fail, it would be a great loss for nuclear verification and for multilateralism.

The Agency has requested Iran to provide further clarifications regarding its plans relevant to the development of the nuclear fuel cycle related to naval nuclear propulsion.

The Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement. We have had access to all the sites and locations which we needed to visit. Evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran continue.

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