Iranian lawmaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel says Tehran cannot be forced into accepting any demands outside the framework of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), including with respect to implementation of the Additional Protocol to the NPT.
He made the comments in response to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent remarks in which he said the unilateral sanctions against Iran could be eased if Tehran took certain measures, including signing the Additional Protocol and reducing the level of its uranium enrichment.
Haddad Adel further noted that Tehran expects to be able to benefit from the advantages of being an NPT signatory like other member states, such as developing and utilizing nuclear energy and enriching uranium on its soil.
He added, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has no intention of submitting to anything under US insistence, order, or pressure.”
On September 30, chairman of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the Iranian legislators are currently against adoption of the Additional Protocol.
Boroujerdi added: “As long as unfair and irrational US policies continue, Majlis will not authorize the acceptance of the Additional Protocol because lawmakers are highly sensitive about safeguarding national interests.”