IAEA Chief says North Korea’s nuclear activities a cause for concern

Addressing the 64th regular session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, IAEA chief Rafael Mariano Grossi said that North Korean nuclear program remained a cause for concern. He said: “The Agency continues to monitor the nuclear programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, using open source information including satellite imagery. The DPRK’s nuclear activities remain a cause for serious concern. The continuation of the country’s nuclear programme is a clear violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions and is deeply regrettable. I call upon the DPRK to comply fully with its obligations under Security Council resolutions, to cooperate promptly with the Agency in the full and effective implementation of its NPT Safeguards Agreement and to resolve all outstanding issues, especially those that have arisen during the absence of Agency inspectors from the country”. 

The IAEA chief also addressed Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The IAEA continues to verify Iran’s compliance with its NPT Safeguards Agreement, including non-diversion of nuclear material, said Mr. Grossi, while evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities continue.   

The IAEA chief was in Tehran last month for discussions with President Hassan Rouhani and other senior Iranian officials.  Agreement was reached on the resolution “of some safeguards implementation issues”, which the agency had raised.  

“The Agency subsequently conducted a complementary access, under the Additional Protocol, at one of two locations specified by us. Our inspectors took environmental samples which will be analysed. A complementary access at the second specified location will take place later this month,” he told the meeting. 

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