Amano Confirms Iran Meeting Nuclear Deal Commitments

Amano Confirms Iran Meeting Nuclear Deal CommitmentsAmano Confirms Iran Meeting Nuclear Deal Commitments

The IAEA chief, in a statement to the UN nuclear agency board of governors, confirmed Iran's compliance so far with the curbs it accepted on its nuclear activities under the nuclear deal with the world powers.

The agreement was concluded with six powers(the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) on July 14, 2015 and took effect six months later to lift international sanctions against Tehran. It has tasked the International Atomic Energy Agency with monitoring and verifying Tehran's commitments.

The agency's last report on the task was released on May 27.

Referring to the report, Yukiya Amano told the board members, "It summarizes the verification and monitoring activities that the agency has conducted under Security Council Resolution 2231 and relevant board resolutions."

Resolution 2231 was adopted days after the announcement of the deal to endorse it. "These activities are consistent with the agency's standard safeguards practices," Amano said, according to a transcript of his remarks carried on the IAEA's official website.

"The report presents the facts in an objective and factual manner and includes relevant information which the agency can share with member states."

  Early Stages

Amano noted that his agency is still in the early stages of a process which requires constant and careful attention from all concerned parties.

"All stakeholders have worked to make implementation possible. In the coming months and years, the continuing strong commitment of all parties will be needed to make implementation sustainable."

"Activities have continued under the Additional Protocol to Iran's Safeguards Agreement, which Iran is provisionally applying, pending its entry into force. Since my last report, the agency has conducted complementary accesses to sites and other locations in Iran under the Additional Protocol," Amano added.

The Additional Protocol is a legal document granting the IAEA complementary inspection authority to that provided in underlying safeguards agreements.  A principal aim is to enable the IAEA inspectorate to provide assurance about both declared and possible undeclared nuclear activities of a member state.

Iran is provisionally implementing the Additional Protocol.

The nuclear deal states that eight years after the so-called adoption day (Oct. 18, 2015) or when the IAEA has reached the broader conclusion that all nuclear material in Iran remains in peaceful activities, whichever is earlier, Iran will seek the ratification of the Additional Protocol consistent with the roles of its president and parliament.