Majlis approves motion of single urgency to suspend Additional Protocol
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Sept 28, IRNA
The Majlis (Parliament) here 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 last Saturday's resolution passed by the UN nuclear watchdog (IAEA) which declared Tehran in violation of its NPT commitments.
The resolution was drafted and proposed by the three European states (Britain, France and Germany) representing the EU in the nuclear talks at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and passed by its governing board without the required consensus, raising doubts on its legality.
The approved motion binds the government to suspend its voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) until Tehran succeeds in obtaining recognition of its right to complete the nuclear fuel cycle.
"Majlis urges the government to suspend implementation of the Additional Protocol to the NPT in order to defend the indisputable right of the Iranian nation," wrote the text of the plan, saying it is also intended to "preserve the scientific achievements of Iranian offspring."
The plan, presented in a motion of single urgency, reiterates "Tehran's efforts over the past two years to ensure transparency and build confidence in the international community on the peaceful objectives of the country's nuclear activities."
It also said that Tehran's "temporary and voluntary suspension of the fuel cycle, implementation of the Additional Protocol, the IAEA's 1,030-page report on Iran's entire nuclear activities and daily inspections by 1,200 IAEA inspectors which formed the basis of IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei's report in November 2004 were all examples of Tehran's efforts to build up confidence with the international community and ensure transparency on its nuclear activities.
ElBaradei's report, a major document detailing Iran's compliance with NPT laws and regulations and those of the IAEA, confirmed Tehran had not violated the safeguards regime.
The Majlis motion also said that the IAEA had ignored Iran's inalienable right to access nuclear technology by passing a resolution that was against NPT guarantees.
"The IAEA resolution was approved despite all measures taken by Tehran over the past two years and ignoring the views of other IAEA members such as those from the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) along with the two member states which are also permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (Russia and China)," added the motion.
It added: "Majlis urges the government to suspend implementation of the NPT Additional Protocol in order to defend the indisputable right of the Iranian nation and to preserve the scientific achievements of Iranian offspring."
The Majlis plan to suspend implementation of the Additional Protocol will be discussed with single urgency in the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission as well as other
sub-commissions including the Commission of Energy.
The plan, if approved by Majlis, will be sent to the Guardian Council for ratification as required by the constitution and then to the government for implementation.
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