TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Supreme Leader’s Top Adviser for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati called on the world powers to remain loyal to their undertakings after the closure of the case with Iran’s past nuclear activities and avoid excessive demands.
“If they raise new allegations, it will not be acceptable by Iran,” Velayati told reporters.
The Leader’s top aide underlined that once the PMD case is closed, then raising any new claims would only mean buyer’s remorse, reiterating that both sides (Iran and the world powers) should do their action based on what they have agreed upon and undertaken to do in the nuclear agreement signed in Vienna on July 14.
Earlier today, the G5+1 submitted a Draft Resolution to the IAEA Board of Governors to close the case with Iran’s past military activities as envisioned in the JCPOA.
On Wednesday, Amano released his final report on Iran’s nuclear program and presented it to the 35 members of the IAEA Board of Governors.
In his report, the IAEA chief stressed that “all the activities contained in the Road-map were implemented in accordance with the agreed schedule”.
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi announced that the latest IAEA report has once again confirmed Tehran’s full cooperation and non-diversion of its nuclear program.
Araqchi said that the IAEA has in its report confirmed Iran’s full cooperation with the Agency based on roadmap, which has enabled the body to release its final evaluation on the case about the country’s past nuclear activities, known as the PMD issues.
“Therefore, all measures over the past issues have completely concluded and PMD has been left behind,” he added.
Araqchi noted that the report has endorsed peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program, paving the way for closing the file of PMD in Board of Governors.
Therefore, as per Paragraph 14 of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Group 5+1 should offer a resolution to Board of Governors with the aim of ending the issue of PMD, Araqchi said, noting that the body should approve the resolution and close the case.
He said that the measure will take place within two weeks.
The IAEA has clearly announced that no diversion has been seen in Iran’s nuclear-related activities, Araqchi said.
The agency has also rejected conducting experimental blasts in Marivan, confirming Iran’s claim that the issue is baseless, he said.
Asked about the IAEA’s claim that Iran has carried out little activities with certain technologies of dual-use prior to 2003,
Araqchi said that all studies on double purpose technologies in Iran have been conducted for peaceful ends.
Furthermore, studies on such technologies are also rampant in other countries, the official said, noting that what is important is that the program does not divert from peaceful purposes, as the main duty of the IAEA is verifying non-diversion.
Asked about the existence of experiment chamber in Parchin in 2000 based on satellite photos, he said that Iran provided the agency with more reliable photos, negating its claims. Not to mention that director general of the IAEA in person visited the site and saw no chamber there.
The main point in the report is that the final evaluation of the entity rejected many of the past allegations or cast doubt over them, Araqchi added.
In relevant remarks in November, Najafi underlined that the PMD case should be closed before the nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers can come into force.
“We are waiting for the IAEA to fulfill its commitment with regard to the closure of the PMD issues, because the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will not be implemented if the UN watchdog does not do this,” Najafi said, addressing the IAEA’s Board of Governors in Vienna.
He also said Iran was taking the needed measures to implement the JCPOA “by late December or early January” if the upcoming IAEA report ends up in the closure of the PMD issues.
Last month, Najafi underlined that Tehran had emphasized that implementation of the JCPOA would take place only after the case of the PMD issues is closed.
“They know that the condition for implementation of JCPOA is the closing of the PMD issue,” Najafi said in reaction to the recent remarks by the US officials who said that the PMD case would remain open.
He underlined that Article 14 of the nuclear accord stipulates that the G5+1 has to present a resolution to IAEA Board of Governors on December 15 to close the PMD issue.
Also in November, Najafi announced that the IAEA would release a report on PMD issues later in November.
“We have taken all measures completely based on the roadmap of cooperation (signed) between Iran and the IAEA and the Agency issued a statement on October 15 and announced that Iran has adopted all measures,” Najafi told reporters in Tehran.
Noting that the IAEA is now busy with compiling the PMD report, he said, “Of course, we will have a conclusion meeting before releasing the report.”
“It is predicted that the IAEA report will be released late November,” Najafi underscored.
“This stage is important and we predict that the Agency’s report will be released and the (PMD) case will be closed late this month,” he added.
The IAEA declared on October 15 that Tehran had 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.
Amano and 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.
Iran has repeatedly urged that it wants an IAEA report to announce final results of its investigations about the PMD issue, reiterating that it does not want the PMD issue to remain open after a deal with the world powers.
The PMD has become a persistent bone of contention in the talks between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog. During the last year Iran has removed 16 of the 18 questions and ambiguities that the IAEA has presented with regard to Tehran’s nuclear activities, and the country has recently provided the needed answers and documents for the 17 point.
Iran has sped up its cooperation with the IAEA in the last two years to bring the PMD issue to a closure as fast as possible, but the nuclear watchdog has avoided report the removal of each of the ambiguities and questions that have been answered by Iran, in violation of the agency’s initial agreement with Tehran. The two sides had initially agreed that they would cooperate to remove any uncertainty about Iran’s past nuclear activities item by item and would deal with the next item in their 18-point list only after the IAEA reports that it has been convinced by Iran’s answers about the last item in the list and declare that the relevant ambiguity has been removed.
Yet, the PMD allegations against the country have remained a persistent point of difference between the two sides. The accusations are based on alleged information derived from a laptop computer that Iran’s armed opposition, the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as MEK, PMOI and NCRI), claims to have stolen from Iranian nuclear scientists and later presented to the US spying agencies.
Renowned American investigative journalist Gareth Porter has in the last two years explained how the laptop documents were forged by Israel’s Mossad spy agency in different articles and TV interviews, specially in his latest masterpiece ‘Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare’.
In mid June, Araqchi said alleged documents and accusations about Iran’s past nuclear activities are untrue and Iran wants to see this proved and declared to the world.
“Iran wants to be exonerated from the PMD case and it should be become clear that the PMD cases have been false and during the negotiations, we pressure the opposite side and insist that the fate of this case should come under light within the framework of the agreement,” Araqchi said in an interview with the state TV on June 17 before leaving Tehran for Vienna to participate in nuclear talks with his counterparts from the Group 5+1.
He stressed that the PMD allegations have been fabricated and fed into the world public opinion, specially in the West. “It should be made clear that all of them are lies and false claims.”
Araqchi said both Iran and the world powers are seeking to find ways to enable the IAEA to verify Iran’s previous nuclear activities, and “we are still having consultation in this regard”.
Araqchi’s remarks came after US Secretary of State John Kerry said a day earlier on June 16 that a full accounting of Iran’s PMD issue is not necessarily critical to reaching a nuclear deal with Tehran.
Kerry said the US and its negotiating partners are “not fixated” on the issue of so-called “possible military dimensions” because they already have a complete picture of Iran’s past activities. He said they are more concerned that those activities have stopped and about what Iran might do in the future.