JCPOA Implementation a Two-Way Street

JCPOA Implementation a Two-Way StreetJCPOA Implementation a Two-Way Street

A senior diplomat said the Islamic Republic is determined to honor its obligations under the nuclear agreement with major powers, calling on the opposite side to adopt a similar course of action so that the accord could be successfully implemented.

In an interview with Press TV on Thursday, Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-Ravanchi said before the agreement, officially named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, takes effect, efforts should be focused on closing the file on the so-called possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program.

Under the roadmap signed between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency in July, "everything related to PMD will be completed by December 1 … and then everything will be finished by the board of governors of the IAEA, so that the whole file related to PMD will be closed," he said.

The official noted that after the so-called PMD file is closed, Iran will start fulfilling its commitments related to the Arak reactor and the shipping out of enriched uranium stockpile in exchange for yellowcake.

"As far as Iran is concerned, we are more than 100% sure that we will stick to whatever we have agreed. We will do whatever we have agreed," the diplomat said, hoping that the same procedure will be followed by the other side in connection with "the lifting of sanctions".

  Sanctions Removal Crucial  

As the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has stressed, Iran "cannot accept anything less than the lifting of sanctions" adopted by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union or the United States, Takht-Ravanchi noted.

"So, in the implementation, we want to see that all the sanctions related to economic issues will be lifted as of the implementation day."

The other challenge facing the implementation of JCPOA is the pressure applied by those who are not happy with the agreement and they might try to influence Europeans and Americans not to honor their commitments.

On July 14, Iran and the IAEA signed a roadmap regarding Tehran's nuclear work. As part of the roadmap, the IAEA is required to conclude its investigations into Iran's past nuclear activities and submit a report to the agency's board of governors by December 15.

The agreement was reached on the same day Iran and P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) finalized the text of JCPOA in Vienna. Under the nuclear accord, limits will be put on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the removal of economic and financial sanctions against the Islamic Republic.