Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 9
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
Some 200 member of Parliament in Iran signed a scroll which demands lifting the sanctions imposed on Iran outright after the comprehensive nuclear deal be achieved.
Iranian MPs demanded the Government do not agree with putting any limit in nuclear research and uranium enrichment activities, as well as allowing to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspector Iranian nuclear facilities beyond the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Avoiding to allow IAEA to make inspections beyond NPT can mean that Iranian parliament doesn't intend to approve Additional Protocol of IAEA, which allows Agency to inspect Iranian nuclear-related facilities whenever decides without waiting for allowance of Iranian government.
Signing the scroll by more that two third of Iranian Parliament's members shows the sensitivity of nuclear negotiations between Iran and P5+1.
The scroll demands that Iran's right to enrich uranium and have a full cycle of producing nuclear fuel be recognized as well as preservation of Arak (IR-40) heavy water plant's nature.
IR-40 is a 40 megawatt heavy water reactor which is being constructed in the Iranian central city of Arak. The output of Arak reactor is also the plutonium which can be used for producing nuclear bomb.
Iranian parliament demands came while the country's foreign minister is negotiation nuclear program with the U.S., EU in Oman.
Nuclear negotiations between Zarif and the Secretary of State John Kerry and Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy's former chief who heads P5+1 in nuclear talks with Tehran started on Nov.9 in Muscat.
Iran and P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council comprising of China, France, Russia, Britain, the US Plus Germany) sealed an interim deal in Geneva on November 24, 2013 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program.
The Geneva deal took effect on January 20 and expired on July 20. However the two sides agreed to extend their talks for four months till Nov. 24 to reach a permanent deal on Iran's disputed nuclear program.
In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the US and its allies agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran.
Iran and P5+1 are negotiating to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement until Nov.24.
The United States, France, Britain and Germany would like the number of enrichment centrifuges Iran maintains to be in the low thousands, while Tehran wants to keep tens of thousands in operation. It now has about 19,000 installed, of which about 10,000 are spinning to refine uranium.
The Western countries imposed sanctions over Iran's oil revenues, as well as the Central Bank of Iran in mid-2012 which continue as of now.
The West is also reportedly keen to expand the duration of comprehensive nuclear agreement for two decades, but Iran demands that this time be short.