Jul 2, 2014, 11:06 AM
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Sanctions removal, Iran’s condition for Additional Protocol

Tehran, July 2, IRNA - Iranian lawmakers say the country’s readiness to conditionally accept the Additional Protocol of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) indicates the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities.

The MPs have set out a series of conditions to implement the Additional Protocol. They include the removal of all sanctions imposed by the US and its European allies on Iran over its nuclear energy program and the continuation of atomic activities within the framework of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The Additional Protocol to the NPT requires IAEA member states to provide an expanded declaration of their nuclear activities and grant the Agency broader rights of access to nuclear sites.

Iran voluntarily signed the Additional Protocol in December 2003 and remained committed to it for over two years, but suspended its implementation after the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The English-language paper 'Iran Daily' published Wednesday talked to two deputies on the issue.

According to Ahmad Shohani, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, the Additional Protocol will only come into effect if the Majlis gives the go-ahead.

The lawmaker said, according to Iran’s negotiating team that is in talks with the P5+1 (the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear activities, the Additional Protocol is one of the issues that six world powers want Iran to accept as part of a comprehensive deal.

“If a comprehensive agreement is reached and its text is drafted and signed by Iran and the P5+1, then the Majlis will review all security considerations of implementing the Additional Protocol,” the MP said.

He added that if the nuclear negotiations lead to the lifting of all sanctions, then there will be hopes about the Majlis approving the implementation of the IAEA protocol.

Evaz Heidarpour, another member of the Majlis security committee, told the daily that the acceptance of the Additional Protocol depends on the goodwill of the P5+1, the continuation of Iran’s nuclear activities as laid down in the NPT and the removal of all sanctions.

He added that the Islamic Republic is determined to achieve a final accord with six world powers to settle the nuclear issue.

Heidarpour noted that the Majlis is in close touch with the Foreign Ministry and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran on the issue of the nuclear energy program.