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News > Statement byMr. Mohammad Reza Ghaebi Deputy Permanent Representative Islamic Republic of Iran


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Statement byMr. Mohammad Reza Ghaebi Deputy Permanent Representative Islamic Republic of Iran

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

 

Mr. Chairman,

Executive Secretary,

Distinguished colleagues,

My delegation would like to thank you for your efforts and the Task Leaders for their important work. Our gratitude also goes to the Executive Secretary for his opening remarks and the PTS for their work in preparing for this session of Working Group B. 

The Islamic Republic of Iran associates itself with the statement of the Group of 77 and China, delivered by the distinguished Ambassador of Egypt. I would like to add the following remarks in my national capacity.

1. While appreciating the efforts of the PTS in implementing the Progressive Commissioning Plan of the IDC, it is necessary to allocate enough time for implementing the recommendations emanating from the first series of experiments, before opening a discussion in the Working Group on a roadmap for the launch of the future experiments as mandated by the PrepCom. This Working Group also needs enough time to consider Evaluation Reports, the Status of Implementation of Recommendations from experiments and Comprehensive Assessment Report at the end of the first series of experiments.

2. Appreciating the evaluation reports of the experiments made in the past three years, it is obvious that the current version of VATP needs to be further enhanced to offset the shortcomings and cover the new observations.

3. We welcome the efforts by the PTS to explore different issues around on-site inspection in challenging environments.  In this regard, the OSI Workshop-24 can be considered as a starting point. During the Workshop, the participants raised some challenging issues regarding, inter-alia, the search logic, effectiveness of techniques, and functional capability of inspectors, equipment specifications and implementation of related provisions in the draft OSI Operational Manual.  The PTS is expected to follow those issues in its future consideration of how to address them comprehensively.

4. Based on the Work Programme of the WGB for 2020-2021, the OSI Build-Up Exercises play an important role in preparing for the next Integrated Field Exercise after 2022. Accordingly, the BUEs should be planned for worst-case scenarios, and implemented relying on the search logic.

5. Regarding noble gas background characterization and mobile noble gas systems, as noted by the 52nd Session of WGB, the number and specifications of IMS stations are defined by the Treaty and that the coverage of the IMS noble gas network shall be confined to the IMS station locations specified in the Treaty. It is noteworthy that WGB also reiterated that any activities of the study of characterization of global radionuclide background should be focused on the calibration and performance of the verification system as described in the Treaty.

In this regard, it is of high importance to note that the Commission should provide direct and clear guidance for further activities of the PTS on the issue of noble gas background characterization.

6. My delegation appreciates the PTS for convening the Science and Technology 2019 Conference, the main objective of which is to promote the contribution of experts to the verification regime of the Treaty. The Iranian scientists actively participated in the event and devoted their best efforts in pursuit of the goals enshrined in the Treaty. Since the sole purpose of the Treaty is the nuclear test ban, the use of Treaty’s verification elements, including the IMS data and IDC products, for non-Treaty applications, such as volcanic ash warning and natural disaster risk reduction, may introduce new obligations and responsibilities beyond the provisions of the Treaty. It is quite natural to expect that the scientific and technological subjective issues should undergo appropriate monitoring and application process in absolute consistence with the provisions of the Treaty and the established practice mandated by the PrepCom. We accordingly request the PTS to focus its efforts and resources on improving the verification regime of the Treaty. My delegation would like to reiterate the request made by the Group of 77 and China for the timely report of the Conference to the Working Group.

7. It is imperative that 2020-2021 Programme and Budget should be clearly based on the considerations of the WGB on the details of PTS activities. In addition, a reasonable balance in allocating budgets for all elements of verification regime is necessary.

8. Finally, the Islamic Republic of Iran appreciates the training and capacity building measures taken by the PTS on verification related issues and proposes that all training courses include an electronic learning (e-learning) component to facilitate utilization of more experts from the Signatory States. We also request more training programs to familiarize the experts with On-Site Inspection equipment.

Mr. Chairman,

In conclusion, my delegation would like to assure you of its constructive cooperation for a successful outcome of the Session.

 

I thank you Mr. Chairman.


12:20 - 27/08/2019    /    Number : 584871    /    Show Count : 46



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