U.S. Statement on the Occasion of the 62nd General Conference of the IAEA (Excerpts)

October 1, 2018

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Madam Director, thank you very much.

I’d like to begin with a letter that I bring from the President of the United States.

I send my greetings to the delegates of the 62nd International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference.


Nuclear proliferation remains a serious threat to a peaceful world. We will continue promoting high standards of safety, security, safeguards, and nonproliferation, including an Additional Protocol as the international standard, and call on other nations to do the same. We must ensure Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful and that Tehran is permanently denied any pathway to nuclear weapons. In addition, the Syrian regime must cooperate fully with the IAEA to comply with its IAEA safeguards obligations. 


And for Iran, the JCPOA was a flawed deal which failed to address continued misconduct. Here in Vienna, an Iranian diplomat was arrested in July for supplying explosives to terrorists seeking to bomb a political rally in France, and in the U.S., our Justice Department arrested two individuals last month for spying on Iran’s behalf. So we are re-imposing key sanctions and seek only a deal that fully addresses Iran’s nuclear program, its proliferating activity, and its destabilizing activities. Ensured by robust monitoring and verification, the IAEA must insist upon Iran’s cooperation.