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-Sabina GriffithBefore ITER can be established formally as an International Organization, the ITER Agreement needs to be ratified, accepted or approved, in accordance with the procedures of each ITER Party. The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is the Depository of the ITER Agreement and has received to date the confirmation by India, Korea and the European Union that they have finalised their procedures. In the case of Japan, the ITER Organization has received information that the ratifications at the parliaments have been completed and their confirmation can be sent to the IAEA within a month. The US is also expected to send the necessary confirmation document to the Depository at the IAEA within a month. In the Russian Federation and China, the process is expected to be concluded within a short period of time.