IAEA board signs resolution to nullify all past resolutions against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi announced that a draft resolution was signed in Vienna on Tuesday morning to call null and void all earlier resolutions issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s Board of Governors against Tehran.

“The draft resolution to annul all Board of Governors’ resolutions was endorsed in Vienna today,” Salehi said.

“Iran’s nuclear case was closed in the IAEA forever,” he added.

The G5+1 submitted a Draft Resolution to the IAEA Board of Governors on Friday to close the case with Iran’s past military activities as envisioned in the JCPOA.

The remarks by the Iranian nuclear chief came as the IAEA Board of Governors is due to consider Director General’s report regarding Iran’s nuclear program in Vienna later today.

Now after Salehi’s remarks, the Board meeting seems to be more a formality.

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-member Board of Governors is expected to unanimously agree on ending the 12-year evaluation on the case about the country’s past nuclear activities, known as the PMD issues.

In relevant remarks on Monday, Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi stated that the draft resolution submitted by the six major world powers (the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) to the IAEA’s Board of Governors to close the case with Iran’s past nuclear activities will mostly likely be approved by consensus.

“The resolution is believed to be approved with the consensus of the Board of Governors’ members and the so-called PMD case, related to the past and present issues (of Iran), will be terminated for ever to open the path for the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” Najafi said.

He also expressed the hope that the JCPOA (the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers clinched on July 14) would be implemented in late December or early January.

On Wednesday, IAEA Chief Yukiya 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 JCPOA, the G5+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.

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.

By Fars News Agency