Iran hopes ‘PMD’ resolved by end of 2015: Salehi
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says Tehran hopes the issue of the so-called Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) in Iran’s nuclear program will be resolved by the end of the year, Press TV reports.
“We have an agreement with the IAEA (the International Atomic Energy Agency) about the past and the present issues…[the] IAEA is pursuing what they should do and we have also done what we were supposed to do… [We hope] that the final report will come out by December 15th of this year and we hope that by then the issue will be closed,” Ali Akbar Salehi told Press TV on the sidelines of the 59th Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference in Vienna on Monday.
He said Iran and the UN nuclear body “are both committed according to the agreement that we have signed,” adding, “In that agreement that was signed by me and Mr. [Yukiya] Amano (the IAEA chief) in Vienna, the roadmap is clear as to what the IAEA should undertake, what measures they should undertake, and what measures we should undertake.”
Amano due in Iran
Salehi announced that the IAEA chief will travel to Iran in a “few days” for “the follow-up of the agreement that we had in Vienna and we hope, we are doing our best to remove all kinds of obstacles that may be on the way to come to a conclusion by December 15.”
He also thanked Amano for refusing to release confidential information on the agency’s arrangements with Iran despite all the pressure.
“Mr. Amano himself has insisted about the confidentiality of the documents so I would like to put on record our thankfulness to him that despite all the pressure that has been put on him he has not disclosed anything in this regard so he has stayed committed to this and this really makes me, I mean it’s imperative upon me to thank him for that.”
Referring to his meeting with Kazakh Energy Minister Vladimir Sergeyevich Shkolnik, Salehi said the two talked about the recently established fuel bank in the Central Asian country. He added that “Iran could be a supplier of enrichment services to this fuel bank.”
On Monday, Salehi, as well as attending the general conference, met the head of the Chinese delegation and participated in a trilateral meeting with the US and China. He also held a bilateral meeting with Amano.
On July 14, Iran and the IAEA signed a roadmap for “the clarification of past and present issues” regarding Tehran’s nuclear program in the Austrian capital city of Vienna. The deal came on the same day Iran and the P5+1 – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – finalized the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna.
The UN Security Council on July 20 unanimously endorsed a draft resolution turning the JCPOA into international law. All 15 members of the UN body voted for the draft resolution in New York, setting the stage for the lifting of the Security Council’s nuclear-related sanctions against Iran.
Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.