Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Conclusion by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding Japan's Nuclear Activities

June 14, 2004

  1. Japan welcomes the conclusion announced by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on June 14 (Mon) regarding Japan's nuclear activities, which stated that all nuclear materials had been placed under safeguards and remained in peaceful nuclear activities.

  2. Such a conclusion is reached, through IAEA's verification activities based on its comprehensive safeguards agreement and additional protocol, only for a country in which there is neither indication of the diversion of nuclear material under safeguards nor indication of the existence of undeclared nuclear material or activities, and Japan is the first case in which such a conclusion was drawn for a state with large-scale nuclear activities.

  3. Effective use of limited safeguards resources and improvement of efficiency of the entire safeguards activities are becoming more important as the demand for inspections by the IAEA is on the increase. Against such a background, the recent conclusion reached for Japan, which has large-scale nuclear activities, is significant, as it will serve as a precondition for the implementation of more efficient integrated safeguards.

  4. To continue securing maximum transparency of its nuclear activities, Japan intends to cooperate proactively with safeguards activities of the IAEA and continue its cooperation with the IAEA to further strengthen and improve the efficiency of the IAEA safeguards activities.

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