• Mon / 22 February 2021 / 14:42
  • Category: Politics
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Iran to stop implementation of Additional Protocol as of tomorrow: Khatibzadeh

Iran to stop implementation of Additional Protocol as of tomorrow: Khatibzadeh

Tehran (ISNA) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stressed that a bilateral agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency was a significant diplomatic and technical agreement, saying the agreement made is within the framework of the counteractive law approved by the Iranian Parliament.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Monday, Khatibzadeh said, “Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi’s visit to Iran attracted a lot of attention and talks between Grossi and Iranian officials brought significant diplomatic and technical achievement”.

“The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Slahehi and his team made great efforts to reach an agreement with IAEA in line with the Parliament Law,” he added.

"No concessions were given to the United States during Grossi’s visit, and all the agreements made are within the framework of the counteractive law approved by the Iranian Parliament,” he said during his weekly presser on Monday.

According to a joint statement released by the IAEA late on Sunday following its Grossi’s Tehran visit, Iran will stop its voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and will deny IAEA inspectors access to its nuclear facilities beyond the Safeguards Agreement as of February 23, 2021 for three months.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Khatibzadeh noted that the United States must lift all the unilateral sanctions the Trump administration imposed on Iran if it seeks to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), from which it withdrew in 2018.

“The US has not only left the JCPOA, but it also has left the negotiating room and set a trap in its path hoping that no one will remain in the pact and no one will benefit from it,” he stated.

“The way to return to the deal is clear: They must first fulfill their obligations under JCPOA, and then they must remove those traps, i.e. sanctions.”

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