Iranian speaker says implementation of Additional Protocol requires parliament approval
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 24
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has said that the implementation of Additional Protocol requires the parliament's approval, Javad Karimi Ghoddousi, the member of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said.
The parliament will certainly follow up the issue of implementation of Additional Protocol, so that it will not be implemented without the parliament's permission, Ghoddousi quoted Larijani as saying on May 24, Iran's Fars news agency reported.
The negotiating team should present reports to the parliament about any stage of negotiations and provide the parliament with details in written, according to Larijani.
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.
IAEA Secretary General Yukiya Amano said recently that a prospective agreement between Iran and the group P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) would allow the IAEA the right to ask for inspection of Iran's military sites.
Meanwhile, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran will not allow any inspections by foreigners of its military sites.
Iran and the six major powers are holding negotiations to reach a comprehensive deal on Tehran's nuclear program by June 30.
The deal is expected to limit Iran's nuclear activities, and in return remove economic sanctions on the country.