Secretary General Linhart: Iran Deal is a positive sign against the proliferation of nuclear weapons

Iran nuclear deal and highest security standards for civil use of nuclear energy are central issues of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEO) General Conference

Vienna, 15 September 2015 - On the occasion of the opening of the 59th International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEO) General Conference in Vienna, Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Michael Linhart underlined the importance Austria attaches to the highest safety standards in the use of nuclear energy and the strengthening of the global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament efforts. Non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament are a foreign policy priority for Austria.“ Austria and many other countries have decided against using nuclear energy to cover the energy demand. In places where the aim is peaceful use of nuclear energy, this can only be possible, if the highest safety standards are applied in order to prevent nuclear accidents, crimes and military misuse of nuclear power. The International Atomic Energy Agency is making vital contributions on this issue.”

“The Vienna Agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme is a positive signal against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Austria is proud to have been the host of successful rounds of negotiations on the Iran Nuclear Deal in Vienna. A diplomatic solution of the long lasting conflict over the Iranian nuclear programme is of eminent significance and may well contribute positively to both the security situation in the Middle East as well as the strengthening of the regime of nuclear non-proliferation- and disarmament. I sincerely hope that this agreement will provide a new impetus for nuclear disarmament”, said Secretary General Linhart in his speech at the General Conference.

As representative of the IAEO’s host state, Secretary General Linhart welcomed more than thousand delegates to the 59th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the Vienna International Centre. The IAEO is the largest organisation in the UN-System in Vienna. It started its work here in 1957.