P5+1 must close Iran dossier now: Araqchi
Iran says the P5+1 group of countries have now to close the Islamic Republic’s nuclear dossier as the UN nuclear monitoring agency confirms no military diversion in the country’s nuclear program.
“Now, it is the P5+1’s turn to close the issue at the Board of Governors [of the International Atomic Energy Agency],” Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday.
Araqchi’s remarks came after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report on Wednesday that it has found no indications of diversion of nuclear material related to possible military dimensions (PMD) in Iran’s nuclear program.
The agency also said it has not found indications of undeclared nuclear fuel cycle in Iran beyond those activities declared by the Islamic Republic.
The IAEA has been tasked with the monitoring and verification of technical issues under a landmark agreement Iran struck with six world powers.
Iran and the P5+1 group – the US, Russia, the UK, France, China and Germany – concluded the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (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.
“Therefore, the P5+1 countries must now submit a resolution, in consideration of Article 14 of JCPOA, to the Board of Governors for the closure of the issue and the governing board must move to approve this resolution with a view to closing the dossier,” Araqchi said.
He said that the most important point in the IAEA’s latest report is that it rejects many of past allegations about Iran’s nuclear program.
“The opposite parties must now fulfill their obligations including the closure of the so-called PMD issue during the December 15 meeting of the Board of Governors,” said Araqchi.