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

June 2, 2014

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear


Implementation of Safeguards in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Mr. Chairman,

Concerning safeguards implementation in Iran, the Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement. However, the Agency is not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.

I welcome the fact that the practical measures agreed with Iran under the Framework for Cooperation have been implemented by Iran as planned. Iran has engaged with the Agency substantively, including in the clarification of issues related to the use of exploding bridge wire detonators. We are analysing the information provided by Iran in April and May. Iran's engagement with the Agency has helped us to gain a better understanding of its nuclear programme. Iran's agreement on 20 May to implement five additional practical measures is a further welcome step forward.

The Agency will provide its assessment in due course, after acquiring a good understanding of the whole picture. This is the most effective approach in helping the Agency to provide an impartial and factual assessment. This does not exclude the possibility of the Agency making known its initial thoughts on specific issues in the meantime, as appropriate.

In order to resolve all outstanding issues, past and present, it is very important that Iran continues to implement the Framework for Cooperation.