IAEA / GROSSI BOARD OF GOVERNORS

01-Mar-2021 00:03:11
A recent technical understanding agreed with Iran and the IAEA’s response to COVID-19 were the focus of Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi’s statement to the IAEA’s Board of Governors today. IAEA
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STORY: IAEA / GROSSI BOARD OF GOVERNORS
TRT: 3:03
SOURCE: IAEA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 1 MARCH 2021, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
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1.Wide shot, Grossi taking seat at the podium
2.Wide shot, Grossi speaking
3.Cutaway, photographers
4.Wide shot, delegates and screen with Grossi speaking
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi. Director-General, IAEA:
“I had important and productive meetings with Foreign Minister, Mr. Zarif and also the Vice President and President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Dr. Salehi and as a result of these we were able to agree on a temporary bilateral technical understanding for 90 days, which will allow the agency to continue its essential verification and monitoring activities.”
6.Med shot, delegates listening
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi. Director-General, IAEA:
“Agency continues to work and to deliver assistance in this in this regard to the 128 countries that have requested so. So, we are like a pandemic - I would say, if you allow me - in the second or third wave of assistance in terms of providing equipment. According, or limited only by the availability of funds which are always voluntary. So, I would, again, ask those countries which are in a position of helping us to do so.
8.Wide shot, delegates listening, Grossi on screens
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Mariano Grossi. Director-General, IAEA:
“Since my last report in September, some nuclear facilities in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have continued engaging in activities which are relevant and of course, contrary to several resolutions from the United Nations Security Council. We've seen and you will see the detail in the report and he made full statement that we have seen new activities in some of these facilities. This is why it's so important to finally come to a solution and the agency is strengthening its ability to be what it will be of course, the indispensable and essential role in verifying the DPRK nuclear program.
10.Various shots, meeting
STORYLINE
A recent technical understanding agreed with Iran and the IAEA’s response to COVID-19 were the focus of Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi’s statement to the IAEA’s Board of Governors today (1 Mar).

Addressing the Board on the opening day of its first regular session this year, Grossi spoke of his visit to Tehran last month. “we were able to agree on a temporary bilateral technical understanding for 90 days” Grossi said of his meeting with Vice-President Ali Akbar Salehi and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, , which will allow the agency to continue its essential verification and monitoring” of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] if and when Iran resumes its implementation of those commitments.

On the pandemic fighting front, Grossi gave an overview of the implementation of the Zoonotic Disease Integrated Action, or ZODIAC, an initiative to strengthen global preparedness for future pandemics. He told Board members that the Agency so far had assisted 128 countries and territories with the technology and knowledge they need to battle COVID-19 through RT-PCR testing to great effect. It is this support that is being expanded under ZODIAC.

Highlighting the urgency with which the international community engages with ZODIAC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the IAEA last week signed revised arrangements to facilitate this work under the newly renamed Joint FAO/IAEA Centre of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.

Nuclear activities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea, remain a cause for serious concern for the IAEA. The continuation of the DPRK’s nuclear programme is a clear violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

“We have seen new activities,” Grossi said, adding that the Agency was intensifying its readiness to play its essential role in verifying the DPRK’s nuclear programme.

As the Agency is preparing to participate in the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP26 and scheduled for November in Glasgow, Scotland, Grossi told the Board that Nuclear energy has a seat at the tables when the world’s future energy and climate policies are being discussed.

With respect to nuclear safety, Grossi called attention to the newly published Nuclear Safety Review 2021, which provides an overview of IAEA activities and global trends in nuclear, radiation, transport and waste safety, as well as in emergency preparedness and response. This year, it also identifies the priorities in these areas, and provides an analytical overview of overall trends.
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