Ladies and Gentlemen,
Safeguards implementation in the Islamic Republic of Iran remains one of the main issues on the Agency's agenda. In November 2013, the Agency and Iran agreed to cooperate further to resolve all present and past issues under a Framework for Cooperation.
Iran has implemented most of the practical measures agreed under the Framework, but not all of them.
Separately, our Board of Governors authorised the Agency to undertake monitoring and verification in relation to nuclear-related measures set out in a Joint Plan of Action agreed between the E3+3 and Iran.
This has meant a large additional workload for safeguards staff. In fact, our verification effort in Iran has doubled under the Joint Plan of Action. This has had significant resource implications, not just financially. Many of our most experienced inspectors and analysts are now working on the Iran file full-time, which means they are not available to work on other dossiers.
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.
In order to resolve all outstanding issues, it is very important that Iran implements, in a timely manner, all practical measures agreed under the Framework for Cooperation, and that it proposes new measures that we can agree upon for the next step.