Gov't Will Adhere to Leader's PMD Directives

Gov't Will Adhere to Leader's PMD DirectivesGov't Will Adhere to Leader's PMD Directives

Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said the government will closely follow the directives of the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the so-called PMD case.

PMD is defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency as possible military dimensions of Tehran's nuclear program. Iran denies its nuclear activities have any military aspects, saying the work is entirely for peaceful purposes.

Mark Fitzpatrick, a former US deputy assistant secretary for non-proliferation, in a recent interview with Mehr News Agency referred to the upcoming report the IAEA is due to release on Iran's PMD case in early December, claiming that the case might not be fully closed.

"If Iran does not provide convincing responses to the IAEA on its past activities, it would be difficult that the US and other parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [the official name of the July nuclear accord between Iran and major powers] would fulfill their obligations on the PMD case," Fitzpatrick claimed.

In response, Shamkhani on Monday dismissed the remarks as "unacceptable", saying that they are not based on any evidence and logic, Tasnim News Agency reported. He noted that the Leader in a recent letter set conditions on the implementation of JCPOA, including the closure of PMD, "which will be fully observed."

"Past issues regarding Iran's nuclear activities were based on reports by intelligence agencies and aimed at damaging Iran," he said.

Shamkhani further said the IAEA has admitted that Iran has had "transparent and reliable" cooperation with the agency, and that "it seems fair that the case should be closed."

Iran and IAEA signed a roadmap on July 14, as part of which the UN agency is required to complete its investigations into Iran's past nuclear activities and submit a report to the agency's board of governors by December 15.