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Senior Cleric Calls for Iran’s Serious Stance on Implementation of JCPOA

16 October 2015 17:38


Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati underlined that the Iranian government should take reciprocal measures if the West fails to fulfill its commitments vis-à-vis the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) in Vienna on July 14.

Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Jannati said, “We should continue to monitor the materialization of our rights under the JCPOA; removal of sanctions has been the raison detre of the nuclear agreement and this issue should be taken seriously.”

Ayatollah Jannati reiterated that the Iranian government should be very serious about the full and timely implementation of the deal.

On Thursday, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that Tehran has completed all steps that it needed to take under the roadmap of cooperation that the two sides signed in Vienna in July to resolve Tehran’s past and present outstanding issues.

“In the period to 15 October 2015, activities set out in the ‘Road-map for the clarification of past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program’ were completed,” a statement by the IAEA said.

“By 15 December 2015, the Director General will provide, for action by the Board of Governors, the final assessment on the resolution of all past and present outstanding issues, as set out in the annex of the 2011 Director General’s report,” it added.

IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi signed a roadmap of cooperation in Vienna on July 14.

After the roadmap was signed, Salehi announced that the new agreement would fully settle all unresolved issues pertaining to Tehran’s nuclear activities in the past.

“All past issues will be resolved completely after Iran and the Agency adopt some measures,” Salehi told reporters after signing an agreement called the Iran-IAEA Cooperation ‘Roadmap’.

“I hope that a new chapter in the relations and cooperation between Iran and the IAEA will start after the settlement of the past issues,” Salehi added.

Salehi made the remarks in Vienna just a short time after diplomats acknowledged a sum-up agreement had been made between world powers and Iran.

On September 20, Amano was granted access to Parchin as efforts are stepped up to resolve by year end “ambiguities” about Iran’s past nuclear activities.

“Amano paid a formal visit to Parchin, and visited some workshops about which there has been some false information,” Spokesman of the AEOI Behrouz Kamalvandi said at the time.

The Vienna-based IAEA also confirmed the site visit.

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