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Ambassador Benedejčič announced financial contribution of Slovenia to the implementation of the JCPoA

Statement by Ambassador Andrej Benedejčič, Permanent Representative and Governor from Slovenia, at the meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors, on Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015) (Agenda item 3), Vienna, 23 November 2017

Mr. Chairperson,

I would like to commend the Director General for his report on the Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran as contained in the document GOV/2017/48.  The additional information included in it, as well as the complementary details provided by the Deputy Director General at the technical briefing on November 15, make it possible for this Board to have a clear picture on the ongoing implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  I would therefore like to encourage the IAEA Secretariat to continue with this practice also in the future.

Mr. Chairperson,

In addition to what has been said about the report on behalf of the European Union, I would also like to make several additional comments in my national capacity.  I would especially like to highlight the fact that the available extrabudgetary funding more than covers the needed figure for 2017.  I think that this sends a clear message in and of itself about the importance that Member States attach to the continuing and long-term engagement of the IAEA in verification and monitoring of Iran's nuclear-related commitments.  Indeed, it was precisely because of this symbolic aspect of extrabudgetary funding that my Government recently decided to contribute financially to the implementation of the JCPOA.

I would also like to point out that it is now the ninth time that the IAEA, in accordance with its comprehensive and strict monitoring system, has verified that Iran has been implementing all its nuclear-related commitments. My authorities therefore strongly believe that the JCPOA is functioning and that it is delivering results.  They are also of the view that at a time of serious potential threats posed by the DPRK's nuclear program, it is all the more important to maintain and preserve the JCPOA as an integral pillar of the international non-proliferation architecture.

In conclusion, I would like to emphasize the view of my capital that the JCPOA shows that even the most difficult issues can be resolved by diplomatic and peaceful means.  Slovenia therefore counts on continued compliance with the nuclear deal by all the parties and commends the IAEA for its professional and impartial work in monitoring and verification of Iran's implementation of its nuclear commitments.

Thank you.