IAEA Board of Governors, Agenda Item 7 (a), The Conclusion of Safeguard Agreements & of Addional Protocols, Statement by Chargé d’Affaires R

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting
June 4-8, 2012

Agenda Item 7(a)

The Conclusion of Safeguards Agreements and of Additional Protocols

U.S. Statement

Robert Wood

Chargé d’Affaires

U.S. Mission to the IAEA

Mr. Chairman,

The United States welcomes Bosnia and Herzegovina’s decision to submit a comprehensive safeguards agreement and Additional Protocol for Board approval.  The United States calls on other states that have not fulfilled their obligation under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to take steps to expedite the conclusion and entry into force of their comprehensive safeguards agreements.

The United States also welcomes the Director General’s announcement that the Republic of Moldova has recently brought into force its Additional Protocol, bringing the total number of Additional Protocols in force up to 116.   This is welcome progress as the Additional Protocol is essential to help strengthen the Agency’s capability to detect undeclared nuclear material and activities and to provide credible assurances to the international community about the absence of such activities.  These actions by these two Member States are further demonstrations that the combination of a comprehensive safeguards agreement and the Additional Protocol represents the international safeguards standard.

Finally, the United States welcomes the announcement that Antigua and Barbuda has amended its Small Quantities Protocol since the last Board of Governors meeting, and encourages all applicable States that have not yet done so to amend or rescind their protocols, as appropriate.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.