MP Calls for Resolution of Iran N. Case within IAEA
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The disputes over Iran’s peaceful nuclear program need to be settled in close cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and through legal mechanisms, an Iranian parliamentarian said on Tuesday.
Speaking to Tasnim on Tuesday, Seyed Mohammad Hossien Mirmohammadi pointed that the West’s standoff with Iran over its nuclear program should be resolved via legal procedures alone, adding that the IAEA should handle the issue by itself.
He also explained that the team of Iranian nuclear negotiators has to “prove that the country is merely after the use of peaceful nuclear (technology) to be able to settle the issues through legal procedures.”
This comes as the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday that Iran had agreed to resolve all outstanding issues with the agency and would allow international inspectors access to two important nuclear facilities.
Iran issued the necessary permission for the UN nuclear watchdog's inspection of a heavy-water production plant at Arak and Gachin mining facilities.
“The permission was issued after the approval of the country’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC)," Salehi said, adding that the decision is aimed at demonstrating Iran’s good will.
Amano described the agreement as an important step forward to start with, but said more needed to be done.
This came on the heels of talks between Iran and six world powers over Iran’s nuclear program which failed to result in a deal.
Based on the Non-Proliferation Treaty safeguard agreements, Iran was not obliged to allow the visit.
As regards the trend of talks between Iran and the IAEA, Mirmohammadi said if the disputes over Tehran’s nuclear case are not resolved within the UN nuclear agency, they will become entangled with political considerations.
Continued talks between Tehran and the IAEA, along with the agency’s inspection of Iran’s nuclear facilities will bring about a positive attitude towards the Islamic Republic, the lawmaker said, adding that it would also prevent political powers from meddling in the process.
Iran stopped applying the Additional Protocol days after the IAEA referred its case to the UN Security Council. Iranian officials have stated that Tehran will consider renewing implementation of its additional protocol if its nuclear file is referred back to the IAEA from the UN Security Council.
Iran, a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, implemented the Additional Protocol between 2003 and 2005, but its parliament did not ratify it.