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Zarif Confident of PMD Case Closure

Zarif Confident of PMD Case Closure   Zarif Confident of PMD Case Closure

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made assurances that the case related to the so-called possible military dimensions of Tehran's nuclear program will be closed by a UN nuclear agency's resolution this week.

Speaking to Tasnim News Agency, Zarif pointed to a draft resolution recently submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors by P5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain and France, plus Germany), and said, "In paragraph 9 of the draft resolution, there is an emphasis on the closure of PMD issue."

The top diplomat added that the draft resolution explicitly says it has fully considered IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano's report on Iran's PMD case and has closed it.

"The IAEA report is clear and says the agency has not found any sign or reason that shows Iran's nuclear program has diverted to military activities," he said.

The draft resolution, which will be put to a vote in a session of the board of governors on Tuesday, will make it possible to actually close Tehran's nuclear case and begin the implementation of the nuclear deal between Iran and the six major powers, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The IAEA has been given the role of verifying Iran's commitments under the nuclear deal.

As part of a roadmap signed between Iran and the IAEA on July 14, the agency was required to finish its investigations into Iran's nuclear activities and submit a report to the board of governors by Dec. 15.

A report released on Dec. 2 by Amano on Iran's nuclear program confirmed that all the activities contained in the roadmap were implemented in accordance with the agreed schedule.

The roadmap was signed on the same day that Tehran and P5+1 concluded the nuclear deal.

The accord was officially adopted on Oct. 18 and will take effect in the next few weeks.

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