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IAEA Board Concludes Consideration of Safeguards in South Korea

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IAEA Board Chair Ingrid Hall of Canada, at the opening session of the Board's meeting in November 2004. (Credit: D. Calma/IAEA)

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The IAEA Board of Governors has concluded discussions on the implementation of the safeguards in the Republic of Korea. The Board, which considered a report on the matter from IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, agreed on a conclusion issued by Board Chair Ingrid Hall of Canada.

The Board Chairman's Conclusion follows:

IAEA Board of Governors Chairman's Conclusion, 26 November 2004
Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Republic of Korea

"The Board took note of, and expressed appreciation for, the Director Generalís report contained in document GOV/2004/84.

"The Board shared the Director Generalís view that given the nature of the nuclear activities described in his report, the failure of the Republic of Korea to report these activities in accordance with its safeguards agreements is of serious concern.

"At the same time, the Board noted that the quantities of nuclear material involved have not been significant, and that to date there is no indication that the undeclared experiments have continued.

"The Board welcomed the corrective actions taken by the Republic of Korea, and the active cooperation it has provided to the Agency.

"The Board encouraged the Republic of Korea to continue its active cooperation with the Agency, pursuant to its Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol.

"The Board observed that the Republic of Korea has an Additional Protocol in force and that developments in the Republic of Korea demonstrate the utility of the Additional Protocol.

"The Board requested that the Director General report as appropriate."