Iran: IAEA No More Entitled to Access AEOI Cameras
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said that the International Atomic Energy Agency has no right any more to get access to the footage recorded by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) cameras that was to be kept for three months after a recent parliament approval to be transferred to the IAEA in case the US removes the sanctions as a result of the talks underway in Vienna.
"The IAEA has no right to access the camera footages and information of the AEOI due to the expiration of the deadline," Qalibaf said in an open session of the Parliament on Sunday, adding, "We are determined that the ‘Law on Strategic Action to Lift Sanctions and Protect the Interests of the Iranian Nation’ be implemented at the specific time and in accordance with the ratification, and the Leader has repeatedly emphasized this issue."
According to the parliamentarian ratification, the IAEA’s access to the cameras in Iran’s nuclear facilities has expired since May 22.
In a relevant statement last week, the Iranian parliamentarians underscored the need for Washington to lift all sanctions imposed against Iran before Tehran reverses its modified nuclear deal commitments.
The Iranian legislators called on the government to seriously deal with the western side in Vienna talks and terminate implementation of the agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the Additional Protocol to the NPT, given the fact that the deadline for reaching an agreement with the Group 4+1 (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany) in Vienna talks would arrive in few days later.
“Simultaneous with the Vienna meetings, the parliament emphasizes the policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the necessity for a real removal of all sanctions and its precise verification as the main condition for Iran's adherence to its nuclear undertakings, and underlines that the truthful economic benefit of the Iranian people sets the criterion for assessing and accepting the results of talks between Iran and other nuclear deal member states,” the statement said.
“Therefore, the parliament does not accept any division and categorization of sanctions that would lead to maintaining a part of the economic pressures against the Iranian people and preventing economic benefits or disrupting them and seriously calls for complete, verifiable and irreversible lifting of sanctions which act as the US weapon, and believes that a partial removal of sanctions would be equal to the remaining of all sanctions, and accepting the remaining of a number of sanctions would mean an endorsement of their legitimacy,” it added.
The statement stressed that in order to achieve this goal, the parliament will monitor this process with special care and diligence in accordance with the Article 7 of ‘the Law on Strategic Action to Lift Sanctions and Protect the Interests of the Iranian Nation’.
“The Vienna meetings showed that the US and Europe do not yet have a serious will to lift all sanctions as they further seek to impose an agreement on Iran that would put further restrictions on its nuclear operations and pave the way for regional and defense talks,” it added.
The lawmakers said that the parliament insists on preserving and safeguarding the nuclear achievements of the country's scientists given the excessive demands of the US and other western countries, including halting research and development activities and destroying the new generation centrifuges.
The statement noted that the Law for Strategic Action to Lift Sanctions has revolutionized the nuclear program and played an important role in the trend of talks on lifting the sanctions, and said, “Therefore, it is necessary for the government to rapidly implement all the technical provisions of this law, including launching of the uranium metal plant, the legal deadline for its operation has expired in accordance with the Article 4 (of the Law).”
The US, under former president Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew participation in the agreement and re-imposed sanctions against Iran, which the accord had lifted.
The Trump administration subsequently launched what it touted as a campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, hoping to force the Islamic Republic to accept large-scale limits on its nuclear program and missile work, among other things.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has verbally renounced that policy and admitted to its failure, while expressing a willingness to return to the Iran deal. However, it has so far stopped short of taking any concrete steps to that end and retained the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.