Statement by Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on Iran's Signing of the IAEA Additional Protocol

December 18, 2003

  1. Japan welcomes Iran's signing of the Additional Protocol of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on December 18 (Thu) in Vienna.

  2. Japan has made diplomatic efforts to this end, particularly by requesting Iran to promptly conclude the Additional Protocol and cooperating concretely in such areas as sharing with Iranian experts of Japan's experience of the conclusion and implementation of the Additional Protocol.

  3. Japan hopes that Iran will promptly ratify and fully implement the Additional Protocol and that Iran will cooperate with the IAEA in accordance with the Protocol in advance of its ratification.

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