IAEA: Iran to Start Implementation of Additional Protocol after JCPOA Takes Effect
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran has notified the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it will provisionally apply the Additional Protocol once the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) begins, the UN nuclear watchdog said.
“On 18 October 2015, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency was informed by the Islamic Republic of Iran that, effective on Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran will provisionally apply the Additional Protocol to its Safeguards Agreement, pending its ratification by the Majlis (Parliament), and will fully implement the modified code 3.1 of the Subsidiary Arrangements to its Safeguards Agreement,” the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced in a statement on Sunday.
The notification by Iran came on the so-called “adoption day” for the nuclear deal, which came 90 days after Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) reached a conclusion over the text of the JCPOA, the comprehensive 159-page deal on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
The agreement would terminate all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran after coming into force.
The Iranian parliament on Tuesday voted to pass the details of a motion to implement the nuclear agreement.
The bill allows the administration to voluntarily implement its July 14 nuclear agreement with the world powers under certain conditions.
The Additional Protocol allows reinforced and unannounced inspections of a country’s nuclear facilities by the IAEA and requires that information be provided on all activities regarding the nuclear fuel cycle.
Iran, a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), voluntarily implemented the additional protocol between 2003 and 2005, but ceased to apply it after its nuclear case was sent to the United Nations Security Council.