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18.11.2020  

Slovenia is confident that the Iran Nuclear Deal has a bright future ahead, we need Iran to make the first move and curb its R&D activities

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Statement by Ambassador Barbara Žvokelj,
Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the IAEA,
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, 18 November 2020

Madame Chairperson,

In addition to what has been said on behalf of the European Union, I would like to make additional comments in my national capacity.

Madame Chairperson,

I would like to thank the Director General for his independent and objective report, and Deputy Director General Aparo for the technical briefing last week. I will focus on three points.

Firstly, the findings of the report are a cause for great concern. Iran's continued accumulation of Low-Enriched Uranium has mounted up to a stockpile that exceeds the limitations set by JCPoA twelve times.

Secondly, Slovenia supports the efforts to resolve the question of the unexplained uranium particles of anthropogenic origin detected by the Agency in February 2019 at a location in Iran not declared to the Agency. It is vital that Iran provides further credible explanations in a timely manner.

And thirdly, Madame Chairperson,

I would like to reiterate my country's support for the JCPoA and I am confident that it has a bright future ahead. In order to facilitate this future, I call on Iran to seriously engage and make the first step by curbing its research and development activities – the only irreversible step away from the implementation of the JCPoA.

Thank you, Madame Chairperson.