MPs View Amano Report as Positive

MPs View Amano  Report as PositiveMPs View Amano  Report as Positive

Lawmakers consider the highly anticipated report compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran's nuclear past, required under the July 14 deal with major powers, as positive.

The chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission is optimistic that the board will vote to end the agency's consideration of the Iran case, seen as a crucial step toward implementing the nuclear pact.

"Considering the overall tone and content of the report, the PMD file will most likely be closed in the board's next meeting," Alaeddin Boroujerdi also told ICANA on Friday, two days after the confidential report was circulated to the board's member states.

The report said Iran has honored its commitments under the roadmap to provide the IAEA with enough data on its nuclear past, allowing the agency to draw up its report.

"All the activities contained in the roadmap were implemented in accordance with the agreed schedule. Iran provided explanations in writing and related documents on past and present outstanding issues, the agency submitted questions on ambiguities related to Iran's explanations and technical-expert meetings were held," he said.

The accord emerged from about two years of negotiations with P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) to give Iran sanctions relief in return for time-bound limitations on its nuclear work.

The IAEA report was aimed at addressing western allegations that Tehran's nuclear program was covertly aimed at developing a nuclear bomb.

Iran has consistently denied the allegations, saying its program is solely for peaceful purposes.

Under a roadmap agreement with Iran, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano submitted the findings of the investigation into what the agency calls possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear past in time for action by the board of governors by mid-December.

The board will decide whether to adopt a resolution drafted by P5+1, in their capacity as the board members, for taking necessary action, with a view to closing the PMD file.

In another development, deputy chairman of the commission, Mansour Haqiqatpour, said, "Positive aspects of the report could justify the closure of PMD file by the board of governors."

Iran has delayed carrying out its commitments under the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, pending the IAEA's decision to conclude its probe.

The agency is also tasked with monitoring and verifying Iran's compliance with the JCPOA.

IAEA's verification is key to the ultimate decision by P5+1 to lift sanctions.

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In separate comments on Saturday, Haqiqatpour said once the case is closed, Iran will launch action to meet its commitments, which include cutting the number of installed centrifuges at Fordo and Natanz nuclear facilities, reconfiguring the Arak heavy water reactor and reducing the stockpile of low-enriched uranium.

"After Iran completes its measures, the agency will provide a monitoring report. This seems to take no more than a month, so sanctions removal can start in January," the lawmaker said.

Another member of the commission described the report as "positive" and said Iran has fully cooperated with the UN nuclear agency on the roadmap and has helped create an interactive atmosphere.

"The report has confirmed the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program and has cleared the path for the closure of the PMD matter by the board of governors," Hossein Sobhaninia said on Thursday.

The report said, "The agency has found no credible indications of the diversion of nuclear material in connection with the possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program."