The primary role of the Department of Safeguards is to deter the proliferation of nuclear weapons. It does so in two ways: by providing credible assurances that States are honouring their international obligations, thus helping to build international confidence, and by being able to detect early any misuse of nuclear material or technology, thereby alerting the world to potential proliferation.
To do so, the Department applies various technical measures referred to as ‘safeguards’ to verify the correctness and the completeness of the declarations made by States about their nuclear material and activities. IAEA safeguards are an essential component of the international security system.
Statement by IAEA and Iran Following Technical Talks in Tehran.
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At the end of the latest round of talks between the IAEA and Iran, Deputy Director General and Head of the IAEA Department of Safeguards, Tero Varjoranta, delivered a joint statement by the IAEA and the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was joined by the Iranian Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Reza Najafi, who made some remarks.
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