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IAEA Board Endorses Extension of Agency’s Work Under Iran Joint Plan of Action

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Director General Yukiya Amano at the Board of Governors meeting. (Photo: C. Waldhofer/IAEA)

The IAEA Board of Governors on Thursday endorsed a request for the Agency to extend its monitoring and verification activities in Iran under a Joint Plan of Action agreed between Iran and six other countries.

China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States agreed on the Joint Plan of Action with Iran in November 2013 with the aim of achieving "a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran's nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful."

The seven countries asked the Agency to undertake monitoring and verification of nuclear-related measures to be implemented by Iran, which the Agency has been doing. Last month, the countries agreed to extend the Joint Plan of Action for the second time. It will now run until 30 June 2015.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano convened the special meeting of the 35-nation Board to consider the request for the Agency to continue its activities in relation to the Joint Plan.

He informed the Board that the Agency's activities in relation to the Joint Plan of Action were expected to cost some 5.5 million euros in the next seven months and that 4.6 million euros of voluntary extrabudgetary contributions would be required.

"I invite Member States which are in a position to do so to make the necessary funding available as soon as possible, in order to ensure smooth continuation of our activities," the Director General said.

"The Agency remains committed to working with Iran to restore international confidence in the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme," he added.

See the full statement here.