Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Iran suspends protocol allowing instant inspections of nuclear facilities


Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran has departed from the Additional Protocol, which it has voluntarily implemented since 2016 and granted special inspection permissions to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors.

According to Iranian state television, Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Vienna Office, Ambassador Kazim Garibabadi, said, “All additional inspections given to the IAEA under the Law on the Strategic Action Plan for Lifting Sanctions have been suspended.” said.

“From now on, there is no obligation beyond the Security Control Agreement. Nuclear facilities have also been given the necessary instructions,” Garibabadi said. used the expressions.

The Tehran administration allowed IAEA inspectors to suddenly inspect its nuclear facilities at any time, in accordance with the Additional Protocol.

‘NUCLEAR LAW’ APPROVED IN IRAN

The Iranian Parliament, which is dominated by the conservatives, passed the “Strategic Action Plan for the Abolition of Sanctions and the Protection of the Interests of the Iranian Nation” law on December 1, which aims to accelerate nuclear activities shortly after the killing of nuclear scientist Muhsin Fahrizade on 27 November 2020.

The law obliging the Iranian Atomic Energy Authority to start enriching uranium by at least 20 percent and to increase its low-level enriched uranium stocks, if the parties to the nuclear agreement do not take steps to normalize Tehran’s banking relations and oil exports within two months, Iran’s NPT from 2016. it necessitated his departure from the Additional Protocol, which he had applied voluntarily since.

President of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, stated that a temporary technical agreement was reached as a result of his negotiations during his visit to Tehran on February 21, and that the basic verification and monitoring activities of the IAEA will continue “unlimited” for another 3 months.

On the other hand, Iran Atomic Energy Agency stated in its statement on the subject that no other inspection opportunity will be given to the IAEA except the Security Inspection Agreement, and stated that some nuclear activities will be recorded for only 3 months, but the records will not be given to the IAEA if the sanctions are not lifted within the specified period.

The Iranian Parliament also stated that the reconciliation reached between the government and the IAEA was against the law, and complained to the Judiciary, President Hasan Rouhani and other officials involved in the compromise reached with the IAEA.

The law, which was passed in the parliament, also included articles that stipulated criminal sanctions that amount to prison sentences for officials who did not implement the law.



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