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Source: International Atomic Energy Agency – IAEA

Mr Grossi tabled his report on verifying and monitoring Iran’s implementation of its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and also highlighted work carried out in line with the agreement reached with Iran in August. “This important understanding, it must be recalled, was about procedural difficulties, not substance. Now it is essential to address and make progress in our verification work through sustained engagement and cooperation,” said Mr Grossi.

Regarding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (commonly known as North Korea), Mr Grossi noted the Agency’s ongoing monitoring of the county’s nuclear programme. “I call upon the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to comply fully with its obligations under Security Council resolutions, to cooperate promptly with the Agency in the full and effective implementation of its Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Safeguards Agreement and to resolve all outstanding issues, especially those that have arisen during the absence of Agency inspectors from the country,” he said.

Mr Grossi also called on Syria to cooperate with the IAEA in the implementation of safeguards.

With the number of countries having safeguards agreements the same as last year, Mr Grossi reaffirmed the need for more countries to bring into force safeguards agreements and additional protocols. He also called on countries with minimal or no nuclear material and no nuclear material in a facility that have not yet done so to amend or rescind their Small Quantitates Protocols that use the old standard text.

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