Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors' Resolution on Iran's Nuclear Issue

November 19, 2011

  1. Today, on Saturday, November 19, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors adopted a resolution on Iran's nuclear issue at a meeting held in Vienna, Austria, following the distribution of the IAEA Director General's report.

  2. Japan is seriously concerned by the situation of Iran's nuclear issue, and has strongly urged Iran to comply with the relevant Security Council and IAEA Board of Governors resolutions as well as to cooperate fully with the IAEA.

  3. The IAEA Director General's report notes that Iran is continuing to engage in enrichment-related activities, which constitutes a violation of the Security Council resolutions. The report furthermore presents a detailed explanation of and expresses serious concerns regarding the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program. This report provides more detailed information and analysis than ever, and Japan commends the significant efforts made by the members of the IAEA Secretariat, including IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, for elucidating the nuclear issue of Iran. Japan will continue to support IAEA's efforts to address Iran's nuclear issue.

  4. Japan strongly urges Iran to take substantive measures without delay in accordance with the IAEA Board of Governors resolution adopted today to dissolve the concerns of the international community regarding the country's nuclear program.

  5. Japan strongly hopes Iran will make a deliberate decision towards the peaceful and diplomatic solution of the nuclear issue. Japan will work with relevant countries and seriously consider the possibility of further measures.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)