IAEA approval of Iran final assessment to be unanimous

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) 35-member board of governors is expected unanimously to agree on ending an investigation into Iran’s possible development of nuclear weapons and endorse a report that the Islamic republic has adhered to conditions in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed in July, Bloomberg News reported today, citing four officials that will be involved in a critical meeting of the agency’s directors tomorrow morning.

The IAEA reported on 2 December that Iran had never diverted nuclear material to weapons use and stopped military-related activities in 2009.

A special meeting of the IAEA’s board that will consider the agency’s final assessment of past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear programme starts in Vienna at 1030CET on 15 December.

The meeting is expected to approve the report and clear the way for the announcement of Implementation Day, the moment when nuclear-related sanctions imposed by the US, the UN and the EU will be lifted.

The consensus is that Implementation Day will happen in the new year, but an earlier date is possible.

Live video streaming of the news conference will be available online from 1430 CET.