Iran reiterated on Monday that it will stop the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty’s Safeguards Agreement Tuesday.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman said Iran’s voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol will be suspended while some of the necessary verification and monitoring activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency will continue for up to three months within the Safeguards Agreement, Press TV reported.
Iran's Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf also emphasized on Monday that the country is determined to stop implementation of the Additional Protocol, limit access of the IAEA inspectors and to implement all the legal issues, IRNA reported.
Therefore, any access beyond the Safeguards is prohibited and illegal, said Qalibaf, adding that monitoring the issue should be done by the Parliament.
Addressing an open session of the Parliament, he said according to the law, parts of the stipulated commitments have been done in their time and from Tuesday the law concerning the Additional Protocol should be implemented.
The National Security and Foreign Policy Committee and Energy Committee of the Parliament have the responsibility to have field inspections and provide a report, he said, adding that naturally, any violation of the law will be dealt with according to the laws passed by the Parliament.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Khatibzadeh added Sunday’s agreement with IAEA is in complete conformity with a recent law passed by the Iranian Parliament that pushes the country’s nuclear program forward.
“What has been done is entirely within the framework of the Parliament’s legislation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said at a press conference on Monday, hinting at 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, Press TV reported.
Grossi arrived in the Iranian capital late Saturday for talks about issues relating to the agency’s monitoring of Iran’s nuclear energy program. His visit came after Tehran officially informed the IAEA of its decision to end the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol, which allows the IAEA inspectors to carry out closer inspections of Iran’s nuclear program.
“Technical talks were held with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and significant diplomatic and technical achievements were made,” Khatibzadeh said, echoing Grossi’s Sunday night tweet that hailed the “good results” achieved during his trip.
Khatibzadeh explained that according to the new agreement, Iran will refuse to share footage from cameras at its nuclear sites with the IAEA.
He further emphasized that the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran expended considerable efforts so that the agreement would be in accordance with the Parliament’s law.
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 tasked 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.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Khatibzadeh emphasized that the move was not a new chance for the United States.
He urged the Biden administration to decide whether it wants to pursue the failed “maximum pressure” policy of the former administration, which he said would end in “maximum defeat” for the US, or to distance itself from that legacy of failure.
According to the spokesman, the US not only left the JCPOA, but it also set traps along the way so that no one would be able to remain in the deal or benefit from it. He was referring to the secondary sanctions that the administration of former president Donald Trump imposed on anyone cooperating with Iran.
“We have defined the way back [to the JCPOA], and accordingly, the United States must first adhere to its commitments to enter the deal,” he said, adding sanctions have to be first removed, so they can enter the negotiations.