Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Adoption of the IAEA Board of Governors' Resolution concerning Iran's Nuclear Issue

November 26, 2003

  1. Japan welcomes the adoption without a vote of a resolution concerning Iran's nuclear issue at the November meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on November 26 (Wed) in Vienna.

  2. Considering that it is important for the international community to address Iran's nuclear issue in concert, Japan became a co-sponsor of this resolution together with the U.K., France and Germany. Japan strongly hopes that Iran will take this resolution very seriously and that it will sincerely implement all the requirements of the resolution.

  3. Regretting that Iran was once engaged in undeclared nuclear activities including uranium enrichment in the past, Japan has conveyed this message to Iran candidly. At the same time, Japan welcomes Iran's positive and cooperative attitude toward the IAEA's activities and strongly hopes that Iran will remove international concern and establish a real confidence with the international community by cooperating fully with the IAEA.

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