Thank you, President and thank you also to the briefers for their updates. Let me start by reaffirming Norway’s continued support for the JCPOA and resolution 2231. We appreciate all actions aimed at reviving the Plan through substantive talks including proximity talks facilitated by the European Union in Doha. An effective and fully implemented JCPOA strengthens global nuclear non-proliferation, and is important for regional and international stability and security. The full and effective implementation of the JCPOA is the best available opportunity to help build international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.
Norway commends the International Atomic Energy Agency’s efforts to maintain the possibility of a credible continuation of its verification and monitoring activities in Iran.
We deeply regret Iran’s recent decision to remove the Agency’s equipment. We note that the Director General is “gravely concerned by the consequences of this action”, including “for the Agency’s ability to provide assurance of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme.” Transparency measures are a vital component of the JCPOA. We call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to implement its nuclear-related commitments under the agreement, including the Additional Protocol.
It is clear from the reports submitted by the Director General of the IAEA to this Council, that Iran continues to advance its nuclear program. We are deeply concerned by Iran’s deliberate steps to reduce its nuclear-related commitments.
Iran’s non-observance of limitations set by the JCPOA, continued work on enrichment capacity, stockpiling of highly enriched uranium, and irreversible enrichment research and development, is deeply concerning. Some of these pursuits have no credible civilian purpose. We urge Iran to return to full compliance with the JCPOA, and to resume full cooperation with the IAEA without delay.
On the issue of ballistic missile-related provisions, we recall that the Council in paragraph 3 of annex B to resolution 2231, called upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology. Norway shares the concerns raised by colleagues and encourages Iran to address these.
The situation surrounding the JCPOA remains tense and unpredictable. Norway remains a steadfast supporter of constructive diplomatic dialogue to decrease tensions and increase trust and cooperation. We repeat our call on all stakeholders to show restraint, and to avoid actions that might contribute to escalation.
Norway shares the ambition of an efficient return to the full and effective implementation of the JCPOA. One that restores and delivers the benefits of the agreement for all. We urge that the necessary decisions be made to put the Plan back on track.