The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must maintain its key role in developing sciences related to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, says the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations and the current chairman of the Vienna Chapter of Group of 77.
Addressing a session of the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna on Tuesday, Reza Najafi called on the agency to support capabilities of member countries of the Group of 77 plus China in generating nuclear power.
“The agency must maintain its leading role in developing the technology and sciences related to the peaceful nuclear applications, including nuclear electricity generation and nuclear fuel cycle,” he added.
He noted that nuclear electricity generation would be an important option for the group’s member countries, particularly developing states with increasing need for energy, for the production of a portion of various types of energy.
Nuclear electricity generation can also help decrease greenhouse gases, Najafi said.
He also emphasized that any mechanism to guarantee the provision of nuclear fuel must be in accordance with the IAEA statute and the principle of impartiality.
It should also observe the inalienable right of the group’s member countries to use nuclear energy for peaceful objectives, including the development of national nuclear fuel cycle, the envoy pointed out.
On February 24, Najafi assumed the chairmanship of the Vienna Chapter of Group of 77 for 2017. He took over as the group’s chairman from Namibia for one year during a ceremony held at the United Nations Office in Vienna in the presence of heads of international bodies and a number of ambassadors and representatives from different countries.
The IAEA Board of Governors kicked off its seasonal meeting in the Austrian capital on March 6.
Speaking in his introductory statement to the IAEA Board of Governors on Monday, Director General of the UN nuclear agency Yukiya Amano once again verified Iran’s adherence to its commitments under a July 2015 nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and six global powers.
“The agency has been verifying and monitoring the implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments under the [nuclear deal, known as the] Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for more than a year,” Amano said.
The IAEA is monitoring the JCPOA, which was signed between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China plus Germany - on July 14, 2015.