Iran allows access to non-nuclear sites only within Additional Protocol
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 4
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the Islamic Republic would allow managed access to its nuclear or non-nuclear sites only within the framework of the Additional Protocol.
He made the remarks upon his arrival in Vienna for a fresh round of talks with the P5+1(the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) over the Islamic Republic nuclear program on June 4.
"As I explained in various occasions Iran will not accept inspection of its military or non-military sites," Araqchi said, Iran's IRIB news agency reported June 4.
The senior Iranian negotiator further said that inspection is completely different from the "managed access" which is forecasted in Additional Protocol.
The Additional Protocol allows unannounced inspections outside of declared nuclear sites and it is seen as a vital tool at the IAEA's disposal to make sure that a country does not have any hidden nuclear work.
"We are working on rules for managed access in line with the additional protocol," Araqchi said, adding the sides are still negotiating the mechanisms.
If the parties achieve a final agreement that includes implementing the Additional Protocol, access to nuclear or non-nuclear sites will be controlled.
Iran and the P5+1 reached a mutual understanding on Tehran's nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2. The parties have agreed to finalize a comprehensive deal on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program by the end of June.
A new round of meetings for drafting a nuclear deal will begin in Vienna on June 4.
Edited by CN
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