UN / IAEA IRAN DPRK

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UN nuclear watchdog (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano told the General Assembly that Iran’s nuclear-related commitments under its nuclear deal “are being implemented” adding that the country is now “subject to the world's most robust nuclear verification regime.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 10 NOVEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

10 NOVEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Yukiya Amano, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented. Iran is now subject to the world's most robust nuclear verification regime. Our inspectors have expanded access to sites, and have more information about Iran's nuclear programme, which is smaller than it was before the JCPOA came into force.”
4. Wide shot, Amano at podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Yukiya Amano, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“I remain seriously concerned about the nuclear programme of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The nuclear test by the DPRK in September, its sixth and largest to date, is extremely regrettable. I call upon the DPRK to comply fully with its obligations under all relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the IAEA.”
6. Wide shot, Iranian ambassador at podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Gholamali Khoshroo, Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations:
“Any claim that Iran is not complying with its JCPOA commitments, lacks relevance and credibility. As a valid international instrument, the JCPOA neither can be renegotiated nor unilaterally annulled. Likewise, any unilateral claim to extend the duration of Iran’s voluntary confidence building measures runs counter to the JCPOA, and more importantly is in clear contradiction with the inalienable rights of states under the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons).”
8. Wide shot, Jan Song Nam, Permanent Representative of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the United Nations:
“To the Korean people who experienced disastrous disturbances of war on the Korean peninsula by the US, the powerful war deterrence for national defence is an inevitable strategic option and it is a precious strategic asset that can never be reversed nor bartered for anything.”
9. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:

UN nuclear watchdog (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano told the General Assembly today (10 Nov) that Iran’s nuclear-related commitments under its nuclear deal “are being implemented” adding that the country is now “subject to the world's most robust nuclear verification regime.” UNIFEED

Presenting today (10 Nov) his annual report to the UN General Assembly, Amano said the IAEA continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was agreed in 2015. He said evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran
continue.

The IAEA chief expressed serious concern over North Korea’s nuclear programme, describing the nuclear test carried out by North Korea (DPRK) as “extremely regrettable.” He called on the DPRK to “comply fully with its obligations” under all relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the IAEA. Amano noted that the Agency continues to monitor the country's nuclear programme through satellite imagery and open-source information despite having to leave the country in 2009. He said the IAEA is working to maintain its readiness to return to the DPRK when political developments make this possible.

Iranian ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo stressed that the IAEA, as an independent inter-governmental science and technology based organization, is the sole competent authority responsible for verifying its nuclear safeguard obligations. He said Iran is determined to exercise its right to develop nuclear energy, including developing a full national nuclear fuel cycle, for peaceful purposes.

Khoshroo noted that Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA has been confirmed in numerous IAEA reports, and therefore any claim to the contrary “lacks relevance and credibility.” He emphasized that JCPOA “neither can be renegotiated nor unilaterally annulled” adding that any unilateral claim to extend the duration of Iran’s voluntary confidence building measures runs counter to the JCPOA, and more importantly is in clear contradiction with the inalienable rights of states under the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons).”

North Korean ambassador Jan Song Nam said the IAEA report presented a seriously distorted picture of the reality regarding the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula. He said the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula is the product of the hostile policies and nuclear threat of the United States toward the DPRK. Jan said, “To the Korean people who experienced disastrous disturbances of war on the Korean peninsula by the US, the powerful war deterrence for national defence is an inevitable strategic option and it is a precious strategic asset that can never be reversed nor bartered for anything.”

The North Korean ambassador said the US’s hostile policies have pushed the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war. He said the DPRK, as a responsible nuclear state, will make a positive contribution to ensuring peace and security in the Korean peninsula and the rest of the world.
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