NUCLEAR VICTORY: Iran president says PMD closure ‘big success’
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the UN nuclear monitoring body’s resolution closing the book on the so-called possible military dimensions (PMD) of the country’s nuclear program constituted a big victory for the Iranian nation.
Addressing the Iranian nation live on state television on Wednesday, Rouhani said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) vindicated the Islamic Republic after nearly 14 years of investigation.
“After nearly 14 years, it became clear that this [Islamic] establishment has been speaking honestly with its own people and the world. It has never lied. It does not lie, [and] it remains committed to its promise,” he said.
Rouhani reiterated that the Islamic Republic will continue to respect its obligations under its agreement with six world powers.
The Iranian president was speaking one day after the IAEA’s Board of Governors overwhelmingly voted in favor of a draft resolution which brings down the curtain on its investigation into the past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program.
The draft resolution on Iran’s past nuclear activities had been submitted by the P5+1 group of world powers on December 7.
Rouhani said the “resolution of the PMD issue” removed one of the “important obstacles to the implementation” of Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers, known under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“The ground is now prepared for the implementation of JCPOA,” he said.
Rouhani said international sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic will have been removed early next year.
“We hope that the other side would take one or two remaining steps in the coming weeks. We also can take positive steps in the coming one to two weeks,” he said.
Iran and the P5+1 group – the United States, Britain, France, China, and Russia plus Germany – concluded the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 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.