Governments urged to fund monitoring of Iran's nuclear programme

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A team of international nuclear safety experts at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident following the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011. IAEA

Governments have been urged by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide funds for monitoring Iran's nuclear programme.

Director General, Yukiya Amano spoke at a meeting of the IAEA's Board of Governors convened on Thursday to consider a request for the agency to extend its monitoring and verification activities in Iran.

He reminded the Board that in November 2013, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States agreed with Iran on a plan to ensure that its nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful.

Mr Amano said that the IAEA monitoring and verification work will cost 5.5 million euros and the agency can fund about half a million euros of that amount.

"A further 0.4 million euros are expected to be available from previous contributions. But 4.6 million euros in voluntary extra budgetary contributions will still be required. I invite Member States which are in a position to do so to make the necessary funding available as soon as possible, in order to ensure smooth continuation of our activities." (26")

Mr Amano said that the IAEA remains committed to working with Iran to restore international confidence in the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

Duration:  1’26″

 

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