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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Speaker urges closure of PMD case

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 1, IRNA -- Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani urged closure of Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) case of Iran's nuclear program.

Speaking in a local ceremony on Monday evening, he said that sanctions caused problem for the country's economy but the economy is now developing after the nuclear deal.

He referred to Iran's measures regarding its obligations in the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) and said closure of PMD case is precondition to execution of other parts of the nuclear deal.

Iran has called on the IAEA and world leaders to close the investigation of the so-called "Possible Military Dimensions" of its nuclear program - the PMD file. Otherwise they will have to choose between the case and the nuclear deal.

"What closes the PMD case is the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board of governors' resolution. And the P5+1 is a part of the Board of Governors. So we hope that they act upon their responsibility and close the case," Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said recently.

Under the July 14 accord, Tehran agreed to major curbs on its atomic program, particularly its enrichment of uranium to high purities. In return all nuclear-related sanctions imposed by the US, the EU and the UN are to be lifted.

The file concerns allegations that at least until 2003 Iran conducted research into how to make a nuclear weapon. These claims have been vehemently rejected by Tehran, which says its nuclear program serves peaceful purposes only. These include energy production and cancer treatment, and therefore the Iranians argue the program is Iran's natural right.

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