Gov't to Form JCPOA Monitoring Committee

Gov't to Form JCPOA Monitoring CommitteeGov't to Form JCPOA Monitoring Committee

In line with the directives of the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, a committee will be set up to oversee the implementation of the nuclear accord and the Foreign Ministry will fully cooperate with the committee, said an official of the ministry.

The deal, concluded on July 14 with P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) will place time-bound constraints on Tehran's nuclear work in exchange for relief from international sanctions.

Abbas Araqchi added that in compliance with the Leader's guidelines, a committee will be appointed to monitor the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official title of the pact, and the other side's honoring its side of the deal.

"The Foreign Ministry will show full cooperation with the committee and will act on its decisions," Araqchi, who is also the head of the ministry's Office for Implementation of JCPOA, was quoted as saying by ICANA.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission on Sunday.

Araqchi appeared before the commission in its Sunday session to brief lawmakers about latest developments related to JCPOA, pursuant to a bill recently passed by the Majlis conditionally approving the action plan.

Ayatollah Khamenei called for the formation of the committee under the authority of the Supreme National Security Council in his letter to President Hassan Rouhani late last month.

  Timeline for PMD Closure  

In separate remarks, the deputy foreign minister echoed the Leader's point that Iran's action to begin revamping the Arak heavy water reactor as part of its undertakings under JCPOA is subject to the conclusion of the UN nuclear agency's inquiry into Tehran's nuclear past.

Parallel to the larger nuclear deal, a roadmap agreement was signed with the International Atomic Energy Agency that committed Iran to providing the agency with enough information to allow it to investigate what it calls possible military dimensions of Tehran's nuclear program and submit a final assessment report for action by the board of governors by mid-December.

The IAEA's assessment will factor significantly in the powers' decision to remove sanctions.

On October 18, a 90-day milestone after JCPOA was endorsed by the UN Security Council, the two sides officially adopted measures after whose completion the action plan will go into force on Implementation Day.

Tehran's commitments include the redesign of Arak reactor, which is to be completed in collaboration with China and the US.

In the letter to Rouhani, Ayatollah Khamenei instructed the government not to go ahead with its measures until the IAEA concludes its consideration of Tehran's nuclear past.

"It should be noted, however, that necessary preparations, including drawing up the relevant contracts, will be completed before the closure of the PMD issue," Araqchi told ICNA on Monday.

"After the UN agency presents its report on the agreed target date of December 15, the board of governors will convene and will, hopefully, close the file."

It should happen "in a month and a half," he added.