Iran suspends additional protocols to nuclear deal

Iran, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) will terminate the additional protocols in force from 23 February.

Permanent Representative of Iran to the UN (UN) Kazim Qaripabadi In a statement, they said they had sent formal demands to the official Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to suspend additional protocols voluntarily applied under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Garipabadi said that the Iranian parliament’s official request to suspend the NPT’s additional protocols within the “Strategic Action Plan to lift sanctions and protect the interests of the Iranian nation” has been submitted to the IAEA. Reminding that Iran has suspended its obligations, Garipabadi remained committed to the nuclear deal.

In a letter to the IAEA, Garipabadi said Tehran would suspend the voluntary NPT additional protocols from February 23. Garipabadi said they want the IAEA to do what is necessary. “Our relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency will continue within the framework of the NPT,” he said. If sanctions are lifted, additional protocols may be re-applied.

Following the assassination of nuclear physicist Muhsin Fahrizadeh Mohabbat in Tehran, the Iranian parliament decided to enrich 20 percent of uranium and suspend additional NPT protocols that it has applied voluntarily since 2016. Tehran announced on January 5 that it had begun enriching uranium to 20 percent and would suspend additional NPT protocols unless US sanctions were lifted on February 23.

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