FM Zarif Confident about Closure of Iran’s PMD Case
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made assurances that the case on the so-called PMD (possible military dimensions) in Tehran’s nuclear program will be closed by a UN resolution next week.
Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Zarif pointed to a draft resolution recently submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors by the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany), and said, “In the paragraph 9 of the draft resolution, there is an emphasis on the closure of the PMD issue.”
The Iranian top diplomat added that the draft resolution explicitly says it has fully considered IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano’ report on Iran’s PMD case and has closed it.
The IAEA report is clear and says the agency has not found any sign or reason that shows Iran’s nuclear program has diverted to military activities, the foreign minister noted.
The draft resolution, which will be put to the vote in a session of the IAEA Board of Governors on December 15, will make it possible to actually close Teheran’s nuclear dossier and begin the implementation phase of the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and six world powers, also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The IAEA has been given the role of verifying Iran’s commitments under the nuclear deal with six world powers.
As part of a Road-map signed between Iran and the IAEA on July 14, the agency was required to finish its investigations about Iran’s nuclear activities and submit a report to the Board of Governors by December 15.
A report released on December 2 by Amano on Iran’s nuclear program confirmed that the agency has no credible indications of suspicious work in Tehran’s nuclear activities.
The Road-map was signed on the same day that Tehran and the Group 5+1 reached a conclusion on a lasting nuclear agreement.
The agreement was officially adopted on October 18, and is going to take effect within the next few weeks.