Iranian lawmaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel says Tehran cannot be forced into accepting any demands outside the framework of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), including with respect to implementation of the Additional Protocol to the NPT.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran does not accept any force or coercion outside the NPT regulations because it has not done, and will never do, anything in violation of its international obligations,” Haddad Adel said on Wednesday.
He made the comments in response to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent remarks in which he said the unilateral sanctions against Iran could be eased if Tehran took certain measures, including signing the Additional Protocol and reducing the level of its uranium enrichment.
Haddad Adel further noted that Tehran expects to be able to benefit from the advantages of being an NPT signatory like other member states, such as developing and utilizing nuclear energy and enriching uranium on its soil.
“If the adoption of the Additional Protocol is voluntary, then why do they want to impose it upon Iran? They must allow us to make the decision on our own,” the Iranian legislator said.
He added, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has no intention of submitting to anything under US insistence, order, or pressure,” Haddad Adel stated.
On September 30, chairman of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the Iranian legislators are currently against adoption of the Additional Protocol.
“As long as unfair and irrational US policies continue, Majlis will not authorize the acceptance of the Additional Protocol because lawmakers are highly sensitive about safeguarding national interests,” Boroujerdi added.
Tehran voluntarily implemented the Additional Protocol, which is non-binding, for two and a half years, but suspended it after the UN Security Council “interfered” in the country’s nuclear energy program and slapped sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
The Additional Protocol requires member states to provide an expanded declaration of their nuclear activities and grant International Atomic Energy Agency broader access to their nuclear sites.
By Press TV
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