Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 17
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran says foreign inspectors will be allowed to visit nuclear facilities in the country, only after the approval of Iran's Intelligence Ministry.
"In order to visit the country, the International Atomic Energy Agency will introduce its inspectors in advance and they will be checked by Iran's security agencies," Fars News Agency quoted Iran's deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, Abbas Araqchi as saying August 17.
Araqchi added that only after the approval of the Intelligence Ministry visa would be issued for the inspectors, the report says.
According to the report, he further stressed no one without the mentioned approval would be able to visit Iran as nuclear inspectors.
The major world powers (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) and the Islamic Republic of Iran reached a long-awaited comprehensive deal called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14.
It's expected that the agreement will be implemented by the end of the current year after being ratified in Congress and Iran's parliament as well as when the international Atomic Energy Agency confirms that Iran is cooperating with this UN body based on mutual agreement between Iran and IAEA, achieved simultaneously with JCPOA.
Araghchi said July 30 during a speech on TV that Iran will only allow inspectors from countries that have diplomatic relations with Tehran.
He said that Canadian and the U.S. origin inspectors would not be allowed in Iran.
Araqchi also said during a meeting with the members of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Parliament that during the verification process, the IAEA would introduce 150 inspectors to Iran to inspect the country's nuclear activities.
He also said that some measures have been taken so that investigation and inspections of the IAEA from Iran's military sites wouldn't lead to revealing the country's army secrets to foreigners".
While ignoring the objections of both Iran and U.S. lawmakers, the implementation of nuclear agreement depends on verification of Iran's nuclear program by the IAEA. Araqchi says the removal of sanctions based on the nuclear agreement could start in two to three months. Iran has also asked the IAEA to keep the mutual agreement hidden.
Edited by CN