IAEA Board of Governors: Syria

Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic

 U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Macmanus

Thank you, Mr. Chairman,

We thank the Director General for his remarks concerning the long-standing issue of Syria’s safeguards noncompliance.  The Board of Governors has been clear that Syria must remedy its noncompliance and engage substantively with the Agency on the nature of the Dair Alzour reactor.  As we have made clear, the instability the regime has wrought is no excuse for its failure to meet its NPT and IAEA safeguards obligations.

In the three years since the Board of Governors found Syria in noncompliance, the Assad regime has ignored Syria’s nuclear obligations, and has disregarded the international community’s deep concerns regarding Syria’s covert nuclear activities.  It remains essential that Syria fully cooperate with the Agency to remedy its noncompliance.  That cooperation must include access to all relevant locations, materials, and persons, including the three sites suspected of having a functional relationship to the nuclear reactor at Dair Alzour.

We urge Syria to provide the greatest transparency with the Agency to resolve all outstanding questions regarding the nature of its nuclear program.  Until then, Syria’s noncompliance will remain a matter of serious international concern.

The Board must remain seized of this matter, and should be prepared to consider further action if necessary.  We again thank the Director General for his continued efforts to resolve Syria’s safeguards noncompliance, and look forward to further reporting from the Director General on this issue as appropriate.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.