U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors: Syria

AEA Board of Governors Meeting

November 28-29, 2013

 

Agenda Item 4d

 

Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the

Syrian Arab Republic

 

U.S. Statement as delivered by Deputy Permanent Representative, Tom Hushek

Mr. Chairman,

We thank the Director General for his remarks concerning the serious and long outstanding issue of Syria’s safeguards noncompliance.  The United States deeply regrets that since June 2008 the Asad regime has not engaged substantively with the Agency on the nature of the Dair Alzour site, or the three other locations cited in the Director General’s reports.  Such cooperation remains essential to remedy Syria’s noncompliance.  As we have made clear, the Asad regime’s ongoing violence against the Syrian people, and the instability the regime has caused, are no excuse for its failure to meet Syria’s NPT and IAEA safeguards obligations.

 

In over two years since the Board of Governors found Syria in noncompliance, the Asad regime has demonstrated no serious intent toward addressing the international community’s deep and continuing concerns regarding Syria’s clandestine nuclear activities.  The regime has instead ignored Syria’s international obligations, and has disregarded the decisions of this Board.

It remains essential that Syria cooperate fully 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 note the contrast with Syria’s accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and international efforts underway toward the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.  We urge Syria to provide similar engagement with the Agency to resolve all outstanding questions about the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program.  Until then, Syria’s noncompliance will remain a matter of serious 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.