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Statement of the Czech Republic on the occasion of the IAEA Board of Governors


Vienna, 1 - 5 March 2021

Agenda item: Verification and monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of United Nations Security Council resolution 2231 (2015) and Safeguards Agreement with Iran.

Madam Chair,

The Czech Republic aligns itself with the statement delivered by Portugal on behalf of the EU. I would like to add the following remarks in our national capacity.

Given the modalities of the Board and time constraints, I intend to make one statement to comment on two agenda items.

We express our appreciation to the Director General and the Secretariat for the reports of 23 February and reiterate our full support to the IAEA’s continuous effort to implement the necessary verification and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear commitments under the JCPOA, in the present context. We remain convinced of the IAEA’s professionalism, technical expertise, objectivity and impartiality.

We also welcome that the IAEA evaluates all safeguards relevant information available in line with the standard practice. We encourage it to continue to do so as new information becomes available.

We deeply regret Iran’s decision to suspend, as of 23 February 2021, the implementation of transparency measures as envisaged in the JCPOA, including the Additional Protocol, as this action significantly reduces the safeguard oversight by the IAEA. We are also deeply concerned about all activities inconsistent with the JCPOA. Particularly, recent action to produce uranium metal has no credible civil use justification and production of enriched uranium up to 20 % has also potentially grave military implications.

We take note of the conclusion of a temporary bilateral understanding between the IAEA and Iran for the period of three months preserving some access of inspectors to only a certain level of detail of information. We urge Iran to return to full compliance with all its nuclear commitments under the JCPOA and to reverse all measures that reduce transparency.

We also note with deep concern that the Iran’s response on detected uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location in Iran not declared to the IAEA still does not meet the level of technical requirements of the Agency. We urge Iran to provide a prompt and clear explanation and to cooperate fully, proactively and timely with the IAEA on all unclarified issues without any further delay.

Finally, we fully support ongoing diplomatic efforts to preserve the JCPOA and to allow a return of all parties to full compliance with the JCPOA.

Thank you, Madam Chair.