Execution of JCPOA hinges on PMD closure: Iran’s envoy to IAEA

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Reza Najafi, the Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says the issue of the so-called Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) raised by the Agency regarding Iran’s nuclear program must be closed before an agreement between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 will take effect.

Reza Najafi said on Monday that the parties to the agreement with Iran know that the closure of the PMD file is the condition for the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – clinched the JCPOA in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on July 14.

On that same day, a roadmap for “the clarification of past and present outstanding issues” regarding Iran’s nuclear program was signed by the agency’s Director General Yukiya Amano and Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi in the Austrian capital.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano (seated-L) and Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi sign a roadmap for cooperation in the Austrian capital, Vienna, July 14, 2015.

After signing the agreement, Amano said he would “issue a report setting out the agency’s final assessment of possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program, for the action of the IAEA Board of Governors, by 15 December 2015.”

In his Monday remarks, Najafi said, “It must be noted that, according to the Article 14 of the JCPOA, the members of the P5+1 are committed to submitting a resolution to [the IAEA] Board of Governors’ ‘15 December’ meeting, whose aim is closing the issue.”

Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.


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