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Agenda Item 8: Any other Business: Statement on Iran

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting

Agenda Item 8: Any other Business

Statement on Iran by H. E. Richard Sadleir, Resident Representative of Australia to the IAEA

27 September 2021



Australia is deeply concerned by the report by the Director-General GOV/INF/2021/43 advising that on 26 September the Islamic Republic of Iran denied IAEA inspectors access to the centrifuge component manufacturing workshop at the Karaj complex.

As the Director-General’s report stresses Iran’s decision not to refuse access to the Karaj workshop is contrary to the terms of the Joint Statement agreed on 12 September 2021.


The Director-General has reiterated that all of the IAEA’s activities referred to in the Joint Statement for all identified Agency equipment and Iranian facilities and locations are indispensable in order to maintain safeguards continuity of knowledge.

We call upon Iran to honour the terms of the 12 September Joint Statement and grant immediate access to the workshop at Karaj.


We emphasise Australia’s strong and constant support for the professionalism, integrity, impartiality and determination  of the Director-General and his IAEA staff.

We ask that the Director General continue to report developments.

Thank you Chair