IAEA board expected to pass 'PMD' resolution overwhelmingly: Iran

Iran’s Ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s Board of Governors is very likely to endorse by consensus a draft resolution about the past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program, the Iranian ambassador to the IAEA says.

The P5+1 group of countries on December 7 finalized a draft resolution on Iran’s past nuclear activities. The IAEA Board of Governors is set to vote on the draft resolution on Tuesday.

“It is expected that the resolution will be ratified by consensus among the Board of Governors’ member states to close the past and present issues or the so-called PMD (possible military dimensions) forever,” Reza Najafi told IRIB on Monday.

During its Tuesday session, the Board of Governors is set to discuss the final assessment of the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano about past and present outstanding issues pertaining to Iran’s nuclear program, Najafi said and noted that the 35-nation body will then make a final decision about the P5+1 draft resolution.

In his report on December 2, the IAEA chief said the body has found no indications of diversion of nuclear material related to the issue of PMD in Iran's atomic program.

The Iranian ambassador to the IAEA said that the draft resolution will be first presented to Board of Governors’ member states to express their views on it, adding that Iran, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement, will also deliver a speech at the session.

He said the closure of the PMD file will pave the way for the implementation of a nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was reached between Iran and the P5+1 group in July.

Najafi expressed hope that the implementation of the JCPOA will start late December or early January.

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

Under the JCPOA, limits are 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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