Tehran, Dec 9, IRNA – IAEA’s recent report on the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program dismisses all the speculations on Tehran’s tendency to militarize its nuclear program.
The English-language paper Iran Daily in an opinion piece on Wednesday looks into the issue and the outcome of the IAEA’s approach to Iran’s nuclear activities.
The full article follows:
IAEA Secretary General Yukiya Amano presented a report on the past activities of Iran’s nuclear energy program – the so-called “possible military dimensions” (PMD) – to the Board of Governors, which Amano himself and some others say is not outright black and white.
In his report, Amano pointed to Iran’s tendency to do research on some technologies for building a nuclear device and added that some of those activities continued between 2003 until 2009, but in a more piecemeal manner. All such works appear to have ended since 2009, the report said.
These remarks are not new as Americans and Europeans have always been uttering such words. Anyhow, Amano did his part to end the decade-old dispute about Iran’s alleged military objectives by publishing the agency’s findings. Thus, the issue of the PMD, whose shadow had loomed over the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has apparently come to an end now. The report provides enough ground for Iran and the P5+1 to take practical steps to toss out the PMD case and put the JCPOA into execution as of December 15.
Now Iran and the IAEA can cooperate based on mutual trust and confidence. The UN nuclear watchdog has become more confident that in the next ten years it would assess Iran’s commitments under the nuclear agreement.
On December 15, the IAEA Board of Governors will convene to make a final decision on the issue of the PMD based on Amano’s recent report. The top body consists of 35 IAEA member states, each with a single vote. It is one of the two IAEA’s policy-making arms, along with the annual General Conference. Fortunately, P5+1 nations are key members of the board and can influence decisions and prevent radical tendencies there against Iran.
Seemingly, the United States has a different stance on the PMD issue compared to that of Israel that has always used Iranophobia as a tool to tarnish the image of the country. Washington and the other members of the P5+1 are expected to submit a motion to the IAEA board on December 15 to close the case. As US Secretary of State John Kerry has recently said the real issue is what Iran will do to adhere to the landmark nuclear pact that it agreed on with six world powers signed in July. Earlier, the US State Department’s Spokesperson Alan Eyre (who is fluent in Persian Language) said “Now that Amano has issued its report, we will work with the EU as well as other members of the P5+1 and the IAEA Board of Governors, in order to close the PMD case within our commitments under the JCPOA”.
Iran says it will not implement the agreement with the P5+1 unless the PMD issue is taken off the agenda.
Should the report be approved, the PMD issue will be settled. Such an outcome would further clear the way for lifting of all UN sanctions on Iran.