IAEA director says Iran, Syria and North Korea must implement safeguards obligations

International Atomic Energy Agency Director Yukiya Amano said on Tuesday that Iran, Syria, North Korea and other countries must fully implement their nuclear safeguards and other relevant obligations.

Amano made the remarks on Tuesday as part of his statement to the 57th regular session of the IAEA General Conference 2013. He said the agency is taking a firm and objective position on major safeguards matters, including the verification of the nuclear programs of North Korea, Syria and Iran.

With respect to Iran, Amano said he reported regularly to the IAEA board on the safeguards implementation in Iran. He said that while the agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear materials declared by Iran under its safeguards agreement, the country is not giving the agency the cooperation needed to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear activities and material.

"The agency therefore cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities," Amano said. "I urge Iran to fully implement its safeguards agreement and its other obligations and to engage with the agency to resolve all outstanding issues.

Amano likewise called upon North Korea to fully comply with relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions to implement its safeguards agreement.

Amano said that going forward he would continue to stay firm against the proliferation of nuclear weapons, including doing his utmost to resolve Iran nuclear issues through constructive dialogue with the country's government.