JCPOA Panel Prepares to Close PMD Case

JCPOA Panel Prepares to Close PMD CaseJCPOA Panel Prepares to Close PMD Case

The second meeting of the Joint Commission, established after Iran reached the July 14 nuclear deal with major powers, is to convene today at the level of deputy foreign ministers.

The commission will mainly focus on preparing a draft resolution for the consideration of the UN nuclear agency's board of governors to close its probe into Iran's nuclear past.

It comprises members representing all parties to the accord, officially titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and is tasked with monitoring it and addressing any concerns or differences that arise during its implementation.

The action plan was reached with P5+1 (the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) to provide for sanctions relief in return for temporary constraints on Tehran's nuclear work.

An agreement was signed with the International Atomic Energy Agency alongside the larger JCPOA, laying out a roadmap for the agency's investigation into what it calls possible military dimensions of Iran's past nuclear program.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano presented the results of his agency's inquiry in a report to the board of governors on Wednesday.

The board will draw on the report to decide by mid-December whether to adopt a resolution drafted by those of its member states that crafted the JCPOA with Iran to formally conclude its consideration of the PMD file.

The content of the resolution is the primary focus of today's meeting between deputy foreign ministers of Iran and P5+1, Fars News Agency reported on Sunday.

Talks at the level of experts have been in progress since Thursday.

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Hamid Baeidinejad, a nuclear negotiator, told IRNA on Sunday that the Joint Commission meeting will only involve a general discussion of the resolution and its details will be covered in separate meetings over the next few days.

"The draft resolution will be drawn up in direct consultation with Iran," said Baeidinejad, who is the director general for political and international security affairs at the Foreign Ministry.

Baeidinejad hoped that the resolution would contribute to JCPOA's0 implementation by announcing the closure of PMD issue.

"We predict that the board [of governors] will vote to pass the resolution by consensus," he added.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has instructed the government to delay implementing its commitments under the deal until the PMD case with the IAEA is settled.

Sanctions relief hinges on IAEA's verification that Iran has completed the agreed measures.