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Iran, IAEA agreements indicate Tehran's goodwill: MP

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, July 17, IRNA
Recent agreements reached between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog indicate Tehran's goodwill to settle its nuclear row with the West and remove remaining ambiguities, said a Majlis representative on Tuesday.

Member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Elham Amin-Zadeh hoped that the agreements would give a positive view to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about Tehran's peaceful nuclear activities and would lead in more transparency about the country's peaceful nuclear program.

The agreements were reached during a meeting on July 12 between Under-Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Javad Vaeedi and the IAEA Safeguard chief Olli Heinonen.

Based on the agreements, the IAEA inspectors will be allowed to inspect Iran's heavy water reactor in Arak according to a time-table to be set by Iran.

The inspections would be conducted based on IAEA's Safeguard Agreement.

Moreover, Iran is to proceed with its cooperation with IAEA according to international rules and regulations within NPT protocols.

The two sides have also agreed to draw up a framework within 60 days to settle the nuclear dispute.

Amin-Zadeh said although the agreements "were beyond Majlis ratifications, they would not violate those ratifications.

"If implementation of these agreements returned Iran's nuclear case from an emergency state to normal state, then there would be no problem," the MP stressed.

The Majlis, reacting to the anti-Iran resolutions approved by the UN Security Council, had previously approved a halt on voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which included snap inspections by IAEA inspectors to Iran's nuclear facilities and sites.

As for the change of IAEA inspectors and replacing them with new ones, Amin-Zadeh said after IAEA's previous inspections to Iranian nuclear sites, the information which was supposed to be kept secret by the body was leaked to Western media and misused by them.

"Releasing confidential information by Western media tarnished IAEA's credit in the eyes of Iran as the body is bound to keep all secret documents," Amin-Zadeh said.

She argued that the former inspectors were changed for prevention of further leakage of secret information by the IAEA.


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