Ambassador Holgate’s Remarks at IAEA Conference on Nuclear Security

Ambassador Holgate Remarks as Delivered at 2016 IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria, December 7, 2016 High Level Policy Session #2: International Bodies and Initiatives for Nuclear Security: Role of the IAEA in Coordinating International Efforts Thank you for the introduction.  Thank you also to the Secretariat for organizing these ...
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Remarks on the World Drug Problem

Remarks for the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) Special Segment on the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna,   Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria, November 30, 2016.   Thank you, Chair. Seven months ago, the international community gathered at ...
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Statement on any other business

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, November 17-18, 2016, Agenda Item 7: Any Other Business, U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Since the issue has been raised, I would like to address the outcome of last year’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. Unfortunately, the conference could not reach consensus concerning the ...
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Farewell Comments regarding Janice Dunn Lee

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, November 17-18, 2016, Farewell Comments regarding Janice Dunn Lee, U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Opening In line with comments made by DG Amano and the distinguished Ambassadors of Canada and Slovakia, I would like to take the opportunity of Deputy Director General Janice Dunn ...
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Statement on DPRK

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, November 16-18, 2016, Agenda Item 5(a), Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Thank you, Mr. Chairman. In the wake of the DPRK’s fourth and fifth nuclear tests, the resumption of reprocessing activities at Yongbyon, and ...
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Statement on Iran

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, November 17-18, 2016, Agenda Item 4, Verification and monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran, U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Mr. Chairman, The United States extends its appreciation to the Director General for his November 9 report on Iran’s implementation of the Joint Comprehensive ...
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U.S. Statement on IAEA Technical Cooperation

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, November 17-18, 2016, Agenda Item 2, Technical Cooperation: Report of the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee, U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate. Mr. Chairman, The United States is committed to seeking global solutions to global challenges, in particular through multilateral institutions, in order to end extreme ...
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Ambassador Holgate Travels to Monaco to Visit IAEA Environment Laboratories

Press Release Vienna, Austria November 8, 2016   Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna, will travel to Monaco November 9-10 to visit the International Atomic Energy Agency Environment Laboratories . The Monaco Laboratories, the only marine laboratories in the United Nations system, are responsible for helping IAEA Member States understand, monitor ...
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Multilateralism and Threat Reduction: Strengthening the Global Security Architecture

Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jack Ruina Memorial Lecture, October 21, 2016.   It is humbling to be invited to speak at this important gathering to honor the lasting contributions of Professor Jack Ruina to the field of national security and to the preparation of those who choose to participate in that ...
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U.S. to Bolster Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Verification Capacity through Training Program in Nevada.

Press Release, October 28, 2016 The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) calls for the maintenance of a roster of trained on-site inspectors to certify CTBT compliance and to verify whether a suspicious event was a nuclear explosion. While such a roster will not be formalized until the CTBT enters into force, the CTBTO Preparatory Commission is actively preparing for ...
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Ambassador Holgate Travel to Boston, MA and the Nevada National Security Site

Media Note Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna, will travel to Boston, Massachusetts October 21 where she will speak to students and faculty at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.  Also in Boston, Ambassador Holgate will be the keynote speaker at the ...
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IAEA General Conference: Nuclear Security

IAEA General Conference: Nuclear Security IAEA General Conference September 26-30, 2016 Agenda Item 14 Nuclear Security U.S. Statement as Delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate Last week at the Board of Governors, I delivered a statement that highlighted the significant progress made in international nuclear security this year driven by major events, including the final ...
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IAEA General Conference: US Remarks on Adoption of the DPRK GC Resolution

IAEA General ConferenceSeptember 26-30, 2016 Agenda Item 18 Resolution on the Implementation of NPT Safeguards Agreement between the IAEA and the DPRK U.S. Statement as Delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate Mr. President, The United States welcomes the unanimous adoption of this year’s General Conference resolution on the DPRK with resounding support, and reflecting the ...
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Supplemental Agenda Item: Israeli Nuclear Capabilities

IAEA General Conference, September 26-30, 2016, Supplemental Agenda Item: Israeli Nuclear Capabilities, U.S. STATEMENT: The United States welcomes the constructive decision by our Arab friends not to introduce a resolution on “Israeli Nuclear Capabilities” at this year’s General Conference. This is not an appropriate item to be included in the agenda for the General Conference, ...
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Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East

IAEA General Conference, September 26-30, 2016, Agenda Item 19: Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East. U.S. EXPLANATION OF VOTE: The United States strongly supports the goal of NPT universality and of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems, and we remain committed to working cooperatively with the ...
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IAEA Board of Governors: A Round-Up

Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate led the U.S. delegation at her first International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors (BOG) as Permanent Representative September 19-22 in Vienna. The 35 members of the Board and other IAEA Member States met to discuss key nuclear-related issues and to prepare for next week’s IAEA General Conference. On everyone’s ...
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Outcome of NPT Review Conference

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, Agenda Item 10: Any Other Business, Outcome of NPT Review Conference, U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Mr. Chairman, I will not repeat my previous expression of regret that the issue of Israeli nuclear capabilities has again been raised in the Board, but ...
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Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, Agenda Item 9, Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East, U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States thanks the Director General for his report on the Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East, and for ...
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Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, Agenda Item 8(c), Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic, U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Mr. Chairman, The United States thanks the Director General for his report and for his steadfast commitment to addressing Syria’s safeguards noncompliance. The contents ...
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Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

  IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, Agenda Item 8(b), Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Mr. Chairman, We thank the Director General and the Secretariat for the Agency’s latest assessment on the DPRK.  This has been no ordinary ...
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Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in Light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015)

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-22, 2016, Agenda Item Number 7, Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in Light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015), U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate. Mr. Chairman, The United States extends its appreciation to the Director General for his September 8 ...
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Strengthening the Agency’s Activities Related to Nuclear Science, Technology, and Applications

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting September 19-23, 2016 Agenda Item 6 Strengthening the Agency’s Activities Related to Nuclear Science, Technology, and Applications U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate Mr. Chairman, The Director General’s report on “Strengthening the Agency’s Activities Related to Nuclear Science, Technology, and Applications” describes significant progress made in the ...
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Nuclear Security

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, Agenda Item 5, Nuclear Security, U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, Mr. Chairman, The United States welcomes the publication of the IAEA Nuclear Security Report 2016. The progress achieved over the past year further strengthened the global nuclear security framework.  It also provided an ...
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Building on the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, 19-23 September 2016, Agenda Item Number 4(b), Building on the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, U.S.  Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Mr. Chairman, I would like to thank the Director General for this report.  We appreciate the work that the Secretariat has put into the ...
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Measures to Strengthen International Cooperation in Nuclear, Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, 19-23 September 2016, Agenda Item Number 4(a), Measures to Strengthen International Cooperation in Nuclear, Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety, U.S.  Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Mr. Chairman, I would like to thank the Director General for this report which provides essential information for Member States in ...
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Program Performance Report for 2014-2015

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, Agenda Item 3, Program Performance Report for 2014-2015 (GOV/2016/35), U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate   Mr. Chairman, The United States strongly supports the Agency’s ongoing work to adopt a results-based approach to its program and budget.  As we have emphasized, properly implemented, this ...
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Applications for Membership of the Agency

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, Agenda Item 2, Applications for Membership of the Agency, U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate. Mr. Chairman, The United States joins consensus in recommending that the General Conference in September 2016 approve Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Islamic Republic of the Gambia ...
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Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate Visits IAEA’s Nuclear Applications Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria

United States Mission to International Organizations in Vienna PRESS RELEASE July 27, 2016 Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, made her first visit to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Nuclear Applications Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria on July 15, 2016.  Ambassador ...
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Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate Presents Her Credentials to UN Office in Vienna Director-General Yury Fedotov

Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, presented her credentials to UN Office in Vienna (UNOV) Director-General Yury Fedotov at his office in the Vienna International Center. The Ambassador applauded the strong partnership between the United States and the UN Office on Drugs ...
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Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate Presents Her Credentials to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano

Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, presented her credentials today to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano at his office in the Vienna International Center.  The Ambassador expressed appreciation for the IAEA’s efforts worldwide, including the organization’s vital work in nuclear safeguards, ...
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Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate Presents Her Credentials to CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo

Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, presented her credentials today to Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), at the Vienna International Center.  The Ambassador thanked Executive Secretary Zerbo for his outreach ...
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Arrival of Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate

We are pleased to announce the arrival today of Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Ambassador Holgate was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 26. Ambassador Holgate joins us from Washington, D.C. where she was previously the Special Assistant to ...
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NASA Deputy Administrator Dr. Dava Newman Addresses UN COPUOS

It’s an honor and a pleasure to be here to address the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. You have done so much to support and expand the benefits of space exploration for people around the world. From our perspective at NASA, one of the most gratifying developments over the past ...
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INC and NPT

Since the issue has been raised, I would like to address the outcome of last year’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. However, rather than rehash the varying interpretations of the past, I would just like to note that we will keep working to promote renewed regional dialogue and to encourage a way forward that accommodates ...
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Nuclear Security

First, the United States aligns itself with the EU’s statement on the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials. The entry into force of the amended Convention marks a key milestone in strengthening global nuclear security. The United States would especially like to recognize the extraordinary efforts of individuals in the ...
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UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

The United States welcomes the six new Member States to the Committee: El Salvador, Israel, Oman, Qatar, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates. The United States looks forward to making significant progress on the long-term sustainability of outer space activities (LTS), by carrying out the current work plan and completing an LTS report and ...
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Safeguards Implementation Report for 2015

We are pleased that the number of additional protocols that have entered into force and the number of small quantities protocols that have been modified in accordance with the decision of the Board continue to increase. These developments increase the Agency’s legal authority and improve the Secretariat’s ability to draw sound and credible safeguards conclusions ...
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Technical Cooperation Report for 2015

The Technical Cooperation (TC) Program is essential to the IAEA’s role in promoting access to the benefits of peaceful nuclear energy in both power and non-power applications, which will assuredly make distinctive and important contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The IAEA promotes these applications while, at the same time, ensuring appropriate safety and ...
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Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic

    This meeting marks five years since the Board of Governors found Syria to be in noncompliance with its safeguards agreement due to the construction of an undeclared nuclear reactor at Dair Alzour. We deeply regret that Syria continues to show no interest in resolving this serious issue. Over the past five years, the ...
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Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The United States remains firmly committed to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the DPRK and the IAEA’s essential role in this process. The Secretariat’s efforts to maintain the Agency’s readiness to resume monitoring and verification in the DPRK continues to have our steadfast support. We greatly value the IAEA’s sustained attention to the ...
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Verification and monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of United Nations Security Council resolution 2231 (2015)

The United States extends its appreciation to the Director General for his May 27 report on Iran’s implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). We commend the DG, the Deputy DG for Safeguards, and their staff, for their exemplary performance in the conduct of their responsibilities in Iran, including the technical briefing provided ...
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Strengthening the Agency’s Activities related to Nuclear, Radiation and Transport Safety and Waste Safety

Let me express our appreciation to the drafters of these two revisions of critical Agency Safety Requirements documents and to the respective Safety Standards Committee members who reviewed and approved them. Both revisions take into consideration lessons that have been learned since the documents were initially promulgated. Each of these documents has established requirements that ...
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Report of the Programme and Budget Committee

As others have pointed out, certain costs of the JCPOA arise from implementation of safeguards agreements and must be funded as a new, additional requirement in the Agency’s regular budget. We are pleased that there is unanimous Member State support for incorporation of the specified 5.2 million euro cost of relevant JCPOA-related measures into the ...
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Ukraine

  The Secretariat has made clear that the IAEA will continue to implement safeguards in accordance with the IAEA Statute and international law. On this basis, and as made clear by the Secretariat in this Board Room and in GOV/2015/38, we fully support the Agency’s continued implementation of safeguards in Ukraine in accordance with Ukraine’s ...
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ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli Remarks to the Plenary Session of the59th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Addressing the global drug problem is one of the international community’s greatest challenges.  The consequences of substance use are experienced every day around the world – consequences that include early drug use that leads to dependency and chronic conditions, overdose, and death.  Many of the challenges world leaders must address are linked to the demand ...
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Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic

We deeply regret that the Agency’s efforts to address Syria’s noncompliance with its NPT safeguards agreement continue to be met at every juncture by Syrian obstruction. Syria must provide the Agency with access to the information, sites, materials, and persons necessary to verify the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program, including the three sites ...
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Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the nuclear test conducted by the DPRK on January 6 and the subsequent launch using ballistic missile technology on February 7. Both actions are grave and deliberate violations of multiple UN Security Council resolutions that constitute an unacceptable challenge to the global nonproliferation regime and to our ...
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U.S. Mission Chargé d’Affaires Travels to Kuwait and Israel

Henry S. Ensher, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, travelled to Kuwait City February 14 to attend a symposium on Nuclear Applications for Sustainable Development in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which highlighted the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) efforts to utilize nuclear technologies to tackle 21st century development challenges. Chargé ...
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Ambassador Henry S. Ensher Addresses the IAEA Board of Governors on Iran

During a special session of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors on January 19, Ambasssador Henry S. Enscher, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, delivered the following statement. IAEA Board of Governors Meeting January 19, 2016 U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Henry S. Ensher Mr. Chairman,   ...
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U.S. Statement on Most Recent DPRK Nuclear Test

North Korea announced a nuclear test on January 6, 2016. The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization held a special session on 7 January 2016 to inform Member States about latest findings on this issue. Please find below the statement of Ambassador Henry S. Ensher, Chargé d'Affaires of the U.S. Mission ...
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IAEA Board of Governors: Iran

U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Henry S. Ensher Mr. Chairman, On July 14, the IAEA and Iran agreed on a “Roadmap” through which Iran committed to address the IAEA’s concerns regarding past and present outstanding issues, including the possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran’s nuclear program.  The Director General’s submission of the Final Assessment ...
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IAEA Board of Governors: Iran

U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Henry S. Ensher Thank you Mr. Chairman, The United States extends its thanks to the Director General, the Deputy Director General for Safeguards, and the staff for the November 18 report on the “Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and relevant provisions of Security Council resolutions in the Islamic ...
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