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Speaker: Majlis plan does not signify Iran's withdrawal from NPT

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 28, IRNA
Iran-Speaker-Nuclear
Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said here Wednesday Majlis approval of a motion to suspend implementation of the Additional Protocol does not mean Iran is quitting the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Majlis (Parliament) here on Wednesday approved a motion of single urgency laying out a plan for the government to suspend implementation of the NPT Additional Protocol.

The motion was passed with 162 MPs in favor, 42 against and 15 abstaining from the voting.

It was presented by over 155 MPs in reaction to a resolution, proposed by the three European states (Germany, France and Britain), which was passed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Saturday declaring Tehran in violation of its NPT commitments.

"Approval of a single-urgency plan at this juncture will not mean Iran is quitting the NPT or refusing to accept the Additional Protocol," Haddad-Adel told reporters.

"Today, we approved a plan of single urgency. If the plan is approved, it will urge the government to prevent voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol until our right to access nuclear technology for a fuel cycle is officially recognized," Haddad-Adel told reporters.

"Iran had implemented the Additional Protocol on a voluntary basis since Majlis has not approved the protocol."
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