Iran Nuclear Deal: one year into implementation
One year ago, on 16 January 2016, the Vienna Agreement on the Iranian nuclear program came into implementation. IAEA reported on Iran’s implementation of this commitments in four reports. France welcomes the publication of the documents of the Joint Commission established under the Agreement, which underline its precision and robustness, underline the central role of the IAEA and place its implementation under scrutiny of all.
The Agreement concluded on 14 July 2015 in Vienna between the E3/EU+3 and Iran entered into implementation one year ago on 16 January 2016 (“Implementation Day”) when the IAEA confirmed that Iran had taken the necessary steps required: reduction of its enrichment capacities (5060 first-generation centrifuges, enrichment level limited to 3,67% in the single location of Natanz), limitation to 300Kg of its low-enriched uranium stockpile, transfer of enriched uranium below 5% and 20% outside of Iran, neutralization of the calandria of Arak’s heavy water reactor, limitation of heavy water stocks to 130 metric tons and transfer of excess heavy water quantities outside of Iran, provisional application of the Additional Protocol to its Safeguards Agreement, implementation of Modified code 3.1 of the Subsidiary Arrangement to Iran’s Safeguards Agreement and supplementary transparency measures).
The first anniversary of the implementation of this Agreement – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) – was preceded by the release of the documents endorsed by the EU/E3+3 and Iran in the framework of the Joint Commission established under the JCPoA.
France strongly advocated the publication of these documents (sometimes referred to as “Memorialization papers”), which contribute to the transparent implementation of the Agreement. The transparency thus achieved will allow everyone, in particular Member States of the IAEA, to take full cognizance of the details and modalities of verification of Iran’s commitments under the Vienna Agreement and to assess for themselves their application by all parties.
Through a position of constructive firmness, France decisively contributed to the elaboration of the Vienna Agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, which constitutes a robust non-proliferation instrument. As permanent Member of the Security Council and the Joint Commission, France will continue to remain vigilant that all its provisions be strictly implemented.
- Documents of the JCPoA Joint Commissionon the website of the European external action service (in fine)
- Information circulars INFCIRC/907 and INFCIRC/907/Add.1 circulating the documents of the Joint Commission to all IAEA Member States
- Dossier on The Iranian nuclear issue on the website of the French MFA
- IAEA’s webpage dedicated to Monitoring and Verification in Iran