‘AEOI fully implementing law on lifting of sanctions’

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) is fully complying with the technical requirements of a parliamentary bill that has been ratified recently to lift the sanctions, a spokesperson said.

In comments on Monday, Behrouz Kamalvandi said the AEOI is carrying out its technical duties under the recently-ratified bill on the lifting of sanctions and safeguarding the national interests.

The AEOI is complying with the technical requirements of the law thoroughly, regardless of how the regulations have been made, he added.

The spokesman noted that the AEOI has begun to enrich uranium to a purity level of 20 percent under the law, informed the IAEA of its measure, and started to install IR-2M centrifuge machines.

On speculations about the expulsion of the UN nuclear watchdog inspectors from Iran in case the JCPOA parties fail to honor their commitments, Kamalvandi said, “According to this (parliamentary) law, if the sanctions are not lifted, the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol (by Iran) will stop in due time, but this does not mean the expulsion of the (International Atomic Energy) Agency’s inspectors.”

He explained that the IAEA’s inspections apply to various sectors, noting that a suspension of implementation of the Additional Protocol will put an end only to the inspections relating to the Additional Protocol.

Last week, Iran announced it had resumed the process of enriching uranium to 20 percent purity at its Fordow nuclear facility.

The measure was taken under a law dubbed the strategic action for lifting of sanctions, which the Parliament had approved late last year giving the next US administration until February 21 to remove the sanctions.

The law also allows the Islamic Republic to expel the United Nations nuclear watchdog inspectors if Washington failed to resume its commitments under the JCPOA.