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

March 2, 2015

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

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Implementation of Safeguards in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Madame Chairperson,

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.

The Agency continues to undertake monitoring and verification in relation to the nuclear-related measures set out in the Joint Plan of Action agreed between Iran and the E3+3 countries. 

Iran has yet to provide explanations that enable the Agency to clarify two outstanding practical measures agreed in May 2014 in the third step of the Framework for Cooperation. Iran also has still to propose new practical measures.

The Agency remains ready to accelerate the resolution of all outstanding issues under the Framework for Co-operation. This can be realised by increased co-operation by Iran and by the timely provision of access to all relevant information, documentation, sites, material and personnel in Iran, as requested by the Agency.

This process cannot continue indefinitely. Once the Agency has established an understanding of the whole picture concerning issues with possible military dimensions, I will provide a report with our assessment to the Board.

Last month, I held talks with the Foreign Minister of Iran, HE Mr Mohammad Javad Zarif. We agreed on the importance of continuing the dialogue between the Agency and Iran at all levels. I also stressed the need to resolve, as soon as possible, all outstanding issues related to Iran's nuclear programme.

I had a follow-up meeting with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr Araghchi, last week, which provided a useful opportunity to consider the way forward.

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