|Majlis would study additional protocol once sanctions lifted: MP||
TEHRAN – An Iranian lawmaker has said the Majlis would study the implementation of the additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) only after the West lifts all sanctions against Iran.
The additional protocol allows unannounced inspection of the nuclear sites.
“Signing the additional protocol is a complicated issue. If we sign it, they may ask to inspect… the Parchin site which is a military facility. So I think the Westerners should take necessary confidence-building measures and lift all sanctions so that, after winning our full trust, we would study the protocol,” the deputy chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Mansour Haqiqatpour, told the Mehr News Agency on Saturday.
Iran and world powers held “substantive and forward-looking” talks over Tehran’s nuclear program in Geneva on October 15 and 16.
The negotiations were held between representatives from Iran and the six major powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, known as the 5+1 group).
The 5+1 group wants Iran reduce the level of its uranium enrichment and sign the additional protocol.
However, Abbas Araqchi, the Iranian deputy foreign minister and lead nuclear negotiator, was quoted as saying, “Neither of these issues are within the first step [of the Iranian proposal] but form part of our last steps.”
Another parliamentarian, Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, said on the same day that reaching any nuclear agreement between Iran and the West requires an end to all sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
“Iran has no issue to conceal; therefore it attends the negotiations from a position of strength. So, the U.S. hardliners cannot impose their thought on the Iranian nation,” Naqavi Hosseini told the Fars New Agency.
He also said that the people’s representatives in the parliament will not easily accept the additional protocol.
A top lawmaker also said the West can pin hope on the success of nuclear talks if it does not lift sanctions against Iran.
“The lifting of all sanctions can be a sign of concrete steps otherwise one cannot be optimistic about the results,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told the Fars news agency on Saturday.
“What is important in negotiations is recognizing (Iran’s) right to uranium enrichment.”
He also said some countries, especially Israel, are trying to bring the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group to a failure.
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