TEHRAN (ICANA) _ Iran's Parliament Speaker Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf says the legislature is determined to completely stop voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol (AP) to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and restrict IAEA's access to the country's nuclear sites.
TERHAN (ICANA) _ "The Islamic Consultative Assembly is determined to bring implementation of the Additional Protocol to an end, limit access [to Iran's nuclear sites] and observe all relevant legal issues," Iran's Parliament speaker said.
"Therefore, any access beyond the Safeguards Agreement is forbidden and unlawful, and the legislative body is duty-bound to supervise this issue," Ghalibaf said in an address to an open session of the Parliament on Monday.
He made the remarks after a number of Iranian lawmakers expressed their objection to an agreement reached between Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), and Rafael Grossi, the director general of the IAEA, in Tehran on Sunday.
Back in December, Iranian legislators passed a law to further accelerate the development of the nuclear program. The law is a firm reaction to Washington’s 2018 withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – and the illegal sanctions the US has imposed against Iran since then.
Among other things, the law obliged the Iranian administration to stop allowing inspections beyond the Safeguards Agreement, including the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol, if the other parties to the JCPOA failed to deliver on their commitments.
In his address, Ghalibaf said parts of commitments as per the recently-approved law have been previously fulfilled and the part related to the Additional Protocol should be implemented as of Tuesday.
Pointing to the Parliament's report on the government's breach of the law following the AEOI's agreement with the UN nuclear body, he added that Majlis is in charge of following up on and implementing rules and regulations.
"Parts of that law have been already implemented in due time and the part related to the Additional Protocol enters into force as of tomorrow," Ghalibaf said.
He emphasized that Iranian lawmakers would not accept any violation of law and would pursue issues in line with Parliament's ratifications.
In a statement issued by 226 members of the Iranian Parliament, they once again highlighted the necessity of stopping voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol if sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic remain in place.
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