I join other Council members in thanking Ambassador Oyarzun Marchesi of Spain, in his capacity as Chair of the 1737 Committee for his briefing to the Council. I wish to also take this opportunity to commend and express my delegation’s appreciation to the Chair and his team for their able stewardship of the Committee.
2. Against the background of the historic breakthrough and progress on resolving questions related to Iran’s nuclear programme, the work of the Committee and its panel of experts remains of interest to the Council.
3. Looking ahead, we are of the view that the work of the Committee’s Panel of Experts (POE) should progressively include more activities on outreach to all UN states and interested partners and stakeholders to explain and clarify provisions of the Joint Comprehensive CPOA.
4. Alongside other Council members, we understand that since the conclusion of the JCPOA and the subsequent adoption of resolution 2231 last July, the Committee and its mandate remains in place until the “Implementation Day”, as stipulated in the JCPOA.
5. In this connection, Malaysia notes the findings and conclusions by the Committee’s panel of experts on alleged violations of the 1737 regime, as outlined in the Chair’s report.
6. We would urge caution and prudence when deliberating on this issue and reaffirm commitment to work constructively with other Council members while fully mindful of the need to preserve Council’s unity on this issue.
7. At the same time, Malaysia takes this opportunity to reaffirm the call on all concerned parties to continue engaging and working constructively with the Committee, including on resolving outstanding issues and questions.
8. Positive cooperation and sustained engagement in this regard would in our view, build further confidence and pave the way for a smooth transition to the processes envisioned under the JCPOA.
9. The Chair’s last briefing in September came at a time when the IAEA was reviewing the structural framework in place to ensure that Iran arrives at completion of the initial steps as outlined in resolution 2231. In this regard, we welcome the IAEA’s preliminary report on Iran’s implementation of the roadmap.
10. With regard to implementation, we welcome and are encouraged by the cooperation and positive steps taken thus far by Iran, including on removal and storage of enrichment centrifuges, among others.
11. Additionally, we welcome the agreement reached on the redesign and reconstruction of the Arak nuclear reactor announced on 22 November.
12. While noting that some challenges remain in clarifying certain issues and questions related to Iran’s nuclear programme, Malaysia believes that positive outcome on full and timely implementation of the roadmap is still achievable, provided all parties engage earnestly and in good faith.
13. On that note, we would reaffirm the sovereign right of all countries particularly those from the developing world to pursue and develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes with the appropriate safeguards.
14. As such, we reiterate the call upon those states with the relevant capabilities, skills and expertise to support such aspiration, in line with the principles enshrined under Article X of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
15. In concluding, Malaysia wishes to reaffirm its belief in the importance of matching progress on nuclear non-proliferation with similar progress on the nuclear disarmament side.
16. Stalled efforts seen in recent years towards this end remains a cause of concern, particularly for non-nuclear weapons states.
17. We urge renewed commitment and action, particularly by the nuclear weapons states towards achieving the aim of a nuclear weapons free world.
I thank you, Madam President.