IAEA Board of Governors, September 2022
Joint statement on NPT Safeguards Agreement
with the Islamic Republic of Iran
Thank you Chair.
I am delivering this statement on behalf of a group of 56 member states from all
regional groups including all EU member states.
These 56 states are: Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Burundi,
Canada, Croatia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,
Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary,
Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,
Peru, Portugal, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Türkiye, Ukraine, United Arab
Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, and Yemen.
Chair, recalling this Board’s resolution contained in GOV/2022/34 which was
adopted on 8 June 2022, we are collectively and seriously concerned by the DG’s
latest report contained in GOV/2022/42: This report concludes once again that
the safeguards issues related to three undeclared locations in Iran remain
outstanding due to insufficient substantive cooperation by Iran with the Agency.
Chair, we would like to reiterate that the resolution adopted in June by this
Board of Governors,
- “Emphasiz[ed] the essential and independent role of the IAEA in verifying
Iran’s compliance with its safeguards obligations”,
- “strongly support[ed] the Agency’s continued efforts aimed at providing
assurance of the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme”
- “Express[ed] profound concern that the safeguards issues related to three
undeclared locations remain outstanding due to insufficient substantive
cooperation by Iran, despite numerous interactions with the Agency.”
- “Call[ed] upon Iran to act on an urgent basis to fulfil its legal obligations
and, without delay, take up the Director General’s offer of further
engagement to clarify and resolve all outstanding safeguards issues.”
- “Not[ed] that the provision by Iran of all of the technically credible
information, documents and evidence the IAEA requires to make its
assessments is essential for the Secretariat to be in position to report the
issues as no longer outstanding and thereby remove the need for the
Board’s consideration and action on these issues.”
Three months later, we note with serious concern that “the Director General is
increasingly concerned that Iran has not engaged with the Agency on the
outstanding safeguards issues (…) and, therefore, that there has been no
progress towards resolving them”, despite the IAEA’s stated readiness “to
engage with Iran without delay to resolve all of these issues”. Consequently, the
Director General concludes that “the Agency is not in a position to provide
assurance that Iran’s nuclear programme is exclusively peaceful”.
The Director General emphasized “once again that the[se] unresolved
safeguards issues stem from Iran’s obligations under the Comprehensive
Safeguards Agreement between Iran and the Agency”. In this spirit, we call upon
Iran to act immediately to fulfil its legal obligations and, without delay, take up
the Director General’s offer of further engagement to clarify and resolve all
outstanding safeguards issues.
We request the Director General to continue to report to the Board of Governors
so long as the above issues remain outstanding.
Thank you, Chair.