Adoption of Additional Protocol Needs Parliament Approval-Iranian MPs
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 18 / Trend, N. Umid
Adoption of the Additional Protocol of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) needs the Iranian parliament's approval, the head of the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi said, Mehr news agency reported.
On October 15, Iranian media outlets quoted Iranian deputy Foreign Minister and member of the country's nuclear negotiating team, Abbas Araqchi as saying adoption of the Additional Protocol is part of the last step of the Iran's new nuclear offer to P5+1 group.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany known as the P5+1, held a new round of talks on Tehran's nuclear energy programme in Geneva on October 15 and 16.
Iran submitted a new proposal to P5+1 during the meetings.
Boroujerdi also remarked that Iran has no problem with IAEA inspections because its nuclear program is completely peaceful.
But Iran will not accept that sanctions are continuing, he said, adding that making confidence is a "two-way road."
On October 16, Tasnim news agency quoted member of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Hussein Naghavi Husseini as saying implementation of the Additional Protocol by the Islamic Republic should be ratified in the Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliament).
"If the Parliament rejects the Additional Protocol, the administration will not be able to sign any agreement on the issue," Naghavi Husseini added.
Additional Protocol was endorsed earlier by Iran in 2003, but not officially ratified by the country's parliament.