IAEA Director General's Statement to the 72nd Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly (Excerpts)

November 10, 2017

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Mr President,

The IAEA’s 60th anniversary year is drawing to a close. In the past six decades, the Agency has contributed to international peace and security and made a real difference to the lives of millions of people.

Thanks to the support of Member States, and the dedication of our excellent staff, we can take pride in important achievements in all areas of our work in that time, including in the last 12 months.


Mr President,

Turning now to nuclear verification, the number of States with IAEA safeguards agreements in force stands at 182. I encourage all countries to implement the additional protocol, a powerful verification tool that gives the Agency greater access to information and locations. One hundred and thirty countries have additional protocols in force.

The Agency continues to verify and monitor the implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was agreed in 2015.

The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented. Iran is now subject to the world’s most robust nuclear verification regime. Our inspectors have expanded access to sites, and have more information about Iran’s nuclear programme, which is smaller than it was before the JCPOA came into effect.

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.