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Deputy FM: Iran Accepts Nothing beyond Additional Protocol

17 August 2015 18:12



Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi underscored that restrictions and supervisions on the country’s nuclear program are limited to the NPT Additional Protocol.

“The entire Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is within the framework of the Additional Protocol and all restrictions and supervisions are within this framework and nothing beyond,” Araqchi told the parliament’s news website on Monday.

Reiterating that no paragraphs of the JCPOA includes anything which requires Iran to act beyond the Additional Protocol, he said, “There are one or two exceptional cases in the JCPOA on the type of supervision but it is totally different from what is described by certain countries as ‘(Additional) Protocol plus’ and there will be no supervision beyond the Additional Protocol.”

Iran and the world powers reached a final agreement in Vienna on July 14 to end a 13-year-old nuclear standoff.

A week later, the UNSC unanimously endorsed a draft resolution turning into international law the JCPOA reached between Iran and the 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) group of countries over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

Now the US Congress and the Iranian parliament have less than 60 days to review the deal to approve or reject its practice.

The Additional Protocol is a legal document that supplements States’ IAEA safeguards agreements. It grants the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) complementary legal authority to verify a State’s safeguards obligations.

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