Norway contributes to the monitoring and verification of Iran’s nuclear programme
Letzte Aktualisierung: 12.12.2014 //
Norway will contribute to the IAEA’s work in monitoring the compliance of the extended Joint Plan of Action between Iran and USA, Russia, Great Britain, France, Germany and the EU (P5+1) with one million Euros in 2015.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plays an indispensable role in non-proliferation and in promoting safe and secure use of nuclear technologies. The decision to enhance the financial contributions to the IAEAs monitoring and verification activities is in line with Norway’s strong commitment to non-proliferation. The support is also a contribution to the further negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme, stated the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Børge Brende.
There have been negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 for more than one year to reach an agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme. The purpose of these negotiations is that Iran will be able to produce nuclear power for peaceful uses, while putting in place safeguards mechanisms to ensure that the country will not use nuclear technologies for military purposes. The temporary Joint Plan of Action was extended until 30 June 2015. Under this plan, some of the sanctions against Iran are suspended in return for Iran reducing its enrichment and stocks of uranium.
Special meeting of the Board of Governors
IAEA is assigned the task of monitoring and verifying that Iran complies with its commitments after the extension of the Joint Plan of Action. IAEA inspectors will also play a central role in a final agreement. The comprehensive monitoring and verification activities in Iran have already required extra-budgetary contributions from member states. The recent extension of the agreement will imply further costs.
The Norwegian financial contribution was announced at the special meeting of the Board of Governors of the IAEA on 11 December 2014. Norway supported IAEAs inspections in Iran in 2014 with a financial contribution of 3.65 million Norwegian Kroner. For 2015, the contribution will be increased with the amount of 1 million Euros. This is the largest voluntary contribution announced for the programme so far.