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Iran: government opposed to MPs plan against IAEA

2020-12-01T23:42:14.009Z

The Iranian parliament's plan to force Tehran to end inspections of its atomic program after the assassination of a nuclear physicist is " neither necessary nor useful, " Iranian diplomacy said Tuesday (December 1st). Read also: Iran: Tehran pays tribute to the murdered scientist Declaring that it wants to achieve the " objectives " of " martyr [ Mohsen ] Fakhrizadeh ", eminent Iranian scientist



The Iranian parliament's plan to force Tehran to end inspections of its atomic program after the assassination of a nuclear physicist is "

neither necessary nor useful,

" Iranian diplomacy said Tuesday (December 1st).

Read also: Iran: Tehran pays tribute to the murdered scientist

Declaring that it wants to achieve the "

objectives

" of "

martyr [

Mohsen

] Fakhrizadeh

", eminent Iranian scientist assassinated on Friday in an attack attributed to Israel, the Iranian parliament on Tuesday approved the main lines of a law initiative entitled "

Strategic action for the lifting sanctions and the protection of the interests of the Iranian people

”.

According to this draft to be specified in committee, the text would urge the government to "

end

" inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and "to

produce and store at least 120 kilograms per year of uranium 20% enriched

”.

These two provisions would go against the commitments made by the Islamic Republic during the conclusion of the international Iranian nuclear agreement concluded in Vienna in 2015.

"

The government has explicitly announced that it does not agree with [

this

] plan

" which it considers "

neither necessary nor useful,

" Foreign Affairs spokesman Saïd Khatibzadeh said during a statement. press conference.

The Vienna agreement offers Tehran relief from international sanctions taken against it for its controversial nuclear program in exchange for a drastic limitation of it and guarantees, verified by the IAEA, intended to prove that the Iran is not trying to acquire the atomic bomb.

But this pact has threatened to be shattered since US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from it in May 2018, before restoring and intensifying economic sanctions against Iran which plunged the country into a violent recession.

In response, the Islamic Republic has gradually freed itself since May 2019 from most of its key commitments made in Vienna.

According to the latest available IAEA report, published in November, Tehran was enriching uranium to a degree of purity higher than the limit provided for in the Vienna agreement (3.67%) but did not exceed the threshold of 4 , 5%, and still complied with the Agency's hyperstrict inspection regime.

"

No one would gain from a decrease, limitation or interruption of the work that we do together

" with the Iranians, the IAEA director general said on Monday in an interview with the AFP in Vienna.

Source: lefigaro

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