SNSC to Discuss Formation of JCPOA Oversight Committee

SNSC to Discuss Formation of  JCPOA Oversight CommitteeSNSC to Discuss Formation of  JCPOA Oversight Committee

The Supreme National Security Council is to convene a meeting today to discuss establishment of a committee, consistent with the directives of the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, for overseeing the implementation of the nuclear accord.

Asked about the committee, Ali Shamkhani, the council's secretary, told a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday, "The SNSC will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss and act on the issue," IRNA reported.

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

Ayatollah Khamenei had called for the formation of the committee under the authority of the SNSC in his letter to President Hassan Rouhani late last month.

In a separate development, the spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said, "We are consulting with the SNSC and President Hassan Rouhani's office on the issue. The composition of the committee will be announced shortly."

Behrouz Kamalvandi told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of AEOI with Iranian ambassadors in Tehran on Tuesday that the document on the modernization of the Arak heavy water reactor has been finalized and is ready to be signed by P5+1.

"It is a good document providing for the redesign of the Arak reactor and the other side's cooperation on this and other relevant issues. Four members of the P5+1 have agreed to cooperate with our country to provide advanced equipment for the reactor," Fars News Agency quoted Kamalvandi as saying.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the nuclear pact is officially called, has committed Iran to certain measures, including revamping the Arak reactor.

Nuclear-related sanctions will be actually removed on Implementation Day, after Iran has completed its measures.

"We are capable of redesigning the reactor on our own without help from other countries. But the document is aimed at accelerating the work by importing part of the required equipment, which would be time-consuming to manufacture [domestically]," Kamalvandi said.