Why the IAEA still has a long way to go in the Iran nuclear deal
The IAEA published a "roadmap" that outlines more steps to take with Iran following the nuclear deal. (AFP/File)
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For those of you who thought you had finally seen the last of stories related to the Iran nuclear deal — think again.
There's a lot more work to be done, starting with specific agreements, a "roadmap," between the Islamic Republic and the UN watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Part of the Iran deal was to give IAEA inspectors access to sensitive nuclear sites.
The IAEA on its website published ten main points to its agreement with Iran. Here are the steps to come:
1. There will be a separate arrangement that directly addresses some outstanding issues.
2. Iran will explain in writing and evidence its stance on those issues by Aug. 15, 2015.
3. The IAEA will review the information and submit follow-up questions on any ambiguities by Sept. 15, 2015.
4. The IAEA will meet with technical experts in Tehran to answer those questions.
5. Iran and the IAEA will have a separate arrangement about Parchin, an Iranian military complex the international community is concerned may be on its way to producing nuclear weapons.
6. Everything above will be completed by Oct. 15, 2015.
7. The director general will provide updates to the Board of Governors regularly throughout the process.
8. The director general will give a final assessment on the roadmap's effectiveness by Dec. 15, 2015.
9. Iran will give a written assessment to the IAEA on the director general's report.
10. The agency will consider Iran's assessment.
As you can see, there are still holes left in even the more specific parts to negotiations. Iran and the IAEA still aren't held to a final deadline for seeing any changes and don't provide ways to procede if there aren't.
It also remains to be seen what will come of Parchin, a large part of the world powers' concerns.
By Hayat Norimine