IAEA Iran review board meeting opens tomorrow morning

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The special meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) board of governors 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.

The final assessment of of Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and associated nuclear road-map released on 2 December says the Islamic Republic has complied with the road-map’s schedule and there are “no credible indications” it was working on developing a nuclear weapon after 2009.

“All the activities contained in the road-map were implemented in accordance with the agreed schedule,” the assessment says. “Iran provided explanations in writing and related documents on past and present outstanding issues, the Agency submitted questions on ambiguities relating to Iran’s explanations and technical-expert meetings were held. The Agency conducted safeguards activities at particular locations of interest to the Agency, including at the Parchin site, and a wrap-up meeting was held.”

The assessment says that that a range of activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device were conducted in Iran prior to the end of 2003 as a coordinated effort, and some activities took place after 2003.

“The Agency also assesses that these activities did not advance beyond feasibility and scientific studies, and the acquisition of certain relevant technical competences and capabilities,” the assessment says. “The Agency has no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009. The Agency has found no credible indications of the diversion of nuclear material in connection with the possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme.”