Additional Protocol does not oblige Iran to open up military sites: Iran

May 14, 2015 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- The Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’s safeguards agreements does not oblige its signatories to allow inspections of their military sites, an Iranian nuclear official says.

“First of all, the Islamic Republic of Iran has neither approved nor implemented the Additional Protocol yet; secondly, no article of the protocol envisions a specific obligation regarding access to the military sites of the signatories,"" Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), told the IRIB on Wednesday.

Pointing to IAEA director Yukiya Amano’s interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday, Kamalvandi said, “Amano has not specified any obligation for Iran, but rather presented his own interpretation of the Additional Protocol.”

Under the Additional Protocol, access to the sites demanded by the UN nuclear agency requires evidence and the International Atomic Energy Agency must take into account the considerations of the signatories, including “security considerations”, Kamalvandi said.

Amano had said earlier that his experts will have the right to push for access to Iranian military sites under an envisaged nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers.