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The Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency urged the North Korean government to comply with its international obligations, and praised the progress made by Iran, during the presentation of his annual report to the General Assembly. UNIFEED-UNTV

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DATELINE: 17 NOVEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

17 NOVEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) walking to podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“I call upon the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) to comply fully with its obligations, to cooperate promptly with the Agency, and to resolve all outstanding issues, including those that have arisen during the absence of Agency inspectors from the country.”
4. Med shot, Iranian delegates listening to Amano’s remarks
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“Much work remains to be done, but I believe the significant progress made on the Iran nuclear issue represents a real success for diplomacy. ”
6. Med shot, delegates from Egypt and Germany listening to remarks
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“The Agency will continue to implement safeguards in Iran with a view to being able to draw what we call the “broader conclusion”: That all nuclear material remains in peaceful activities, in due course.”
8. Wide shot, Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of Republic of Korea to the United Nations walking to podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of Republic of Korea to the United Nations:
“We continue to view with grave concern North Korea’s continued violations of its international obligations, to abandon all nuclear weapons and nuclear programmes, and immediately cease all related activities especially in light of its ongoing provocations and public statements vowing to pursue further development of nuclear weapons.”
10. Med shot, Republic of Korea delegates listening to Joon remarks
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of Republic of Korea to the United Nations:
“We stand ready to offer a bright future to North Korea, along with the international community, if it demonstrates a general willingness to completely abandon its nuclear weapons programme and agrees to abide by its national obligations and commitments.”
12. Wide shot, Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran's Envoy to the United Nations, approaching lectern
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran's Envoy to the United Nations:
“Any efforts to enhance safeguards implementation, such as those which are currently under consideration in the Agency, need to ensure inalienable rights and the respect for the national sovereignty of NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons) States Parties.”
14. Wide shot, delegates listening to remarks
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran's Envoy to the United Nations:
“One cannot but express dismay over the systematic attempts, applied under the pretext of non-proliferation and contrary to the letter and spirit of the Treaty to restrict the application of the nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.”
16. Med shot, Vitaly Churkin, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations reading statement
17. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vitaly Churkin, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations:
“The Russian Federation, therefore, cannot agree with any provisions in the annual report or attachments to it, or any other Agency’s documents which are against the subjective reality and are therefore legally and politically irrelevant.”
18. Med shot, Russian delegates listening to Churkin remarks
19. Wide shot, closing of General Assembly meeting

STORYLINE:

The Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) urged the North Korean government to comply with its international obligations, and praised the progress made by Iran, during the presentation of his nuclear energy report to the General Assembly on Tuesday (17 Nov).

Outlining the findings of the annual report, Yukiya Amano told Member States’ representatives that North Korea’s nuclear programme remained a matter of serious concern, and that the Agency was unable to undertake verification in the country.

“I call upon the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) to comply fully with its obligations,” Amano told the General Assembly, and “to cooperate promptly with the Agency, and to resolve all outstanding issues, including those that have arisen during the absence of Agency inspectors from the country.”

Speaking about the developments concerning the implementation of IAEA safeguards in Iran, Amano said much work remained to be done but that “significant progress made on the Iran nuclear issue represents a real success for diplomacy.”

He also added that the Agency will continue to implement safeguards in Iran until “all nuclear material remains in peaceful activities.”

Echoing Amano’s concerns, the Permanent Representative of Republic of Korea to the United Nations, Oh Joon, told delegates his country continued “to view with grave concern North Korea’s continued violations of its international obligations,” and called on the reclusive state to “immediately cease all related activities especially in light of its ongoing provocations and public statements vowing to pursue further development of nuclear weapons.”

He also said his country was ready to offer, together with the international community a “bright future to North Korea”, pending its “willingness to completely abandon its nuclear weapons programme and agrees to abide by its national obligations and commitments.”

Addressing the General Assembly, Iran’s Envoy to the United Nations, Gholamali Khoshroo, said the peaceful use of nuclear energy and technology were of great importance for Iran’s scientific, technological and socio-economic development.

“Any efforts to enhance safeguards implementation, such as those which are currently under consideration in the Agency, need to ensure inalienable rights and the respect for the national sovereignty of NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons) States Parties,” Khoshroo said.

However, he said, following attempts “to create doubts” regarding Iran’s commitment to nuclear non-proliferation, “one cannot but express dismay over the systematic attempts, applied under the pretext of non-proliferation and contrary to the letter and spirit of the Treaty to restrict the application of the nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.”

Khoshroo closed his remarks by saying that in light of the P5+1, European Union and Iran’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), all restrictions and limitations imposed on the technical cooperation between his country and the Agency should be removed in the cycle 2016-2017.

Meanwhile, the Russian Ambassador to the UN criticised the IAEA report saying that it had erroneously placed Sevastopol under Ukraine’s jurisdiction. Vitaly Churkin told delegates that according to the document’s reporting period in 2014, and following the Crimean referendum, Sevastopol was under the Russian Federation’s safeguard agreement.

“The Russian Federation, therefore, cannot agree with any provisions in the annual report or attachments to it, or any other Agency’s documents which are against the subjective reality and are therefore legally and politically irrelevant,” Churkin told the General Assembly.
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