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Iran rejects report of confidential annexes to JCPOA

A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says there is nothing confidential in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Tehran’s nuclear program and its annexes.

Abbas Araghchi further said that the content of a roadmap signed by Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency and its related documents are secret, and that the agency is obliged to protect them under international law.

The two sides agreed on July 14 to clarify some outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Araghchi also said Tehran will only allow IAEA inspectors from nations that have diplomatic relations with Iran, which does not include the US and Canada. He also said the inspectors will have no access to classified military documents.

After signing the roadmap, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said it “sets out a clear sequence of activities over the coming months, including the provision by Iran of explanations regarding outstanding issues. It provides for technical expert meetings, technical measures and discussions, as well as a separate arrangement regarding the issue of Parchin site.”

In his latest meeting with members of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee on Sunday, Araghchi said European foreign ministers have lined up to visit Iran, but that does not mean we will offer whatever they want, we are the one who chooses.

“We will decide how to treat each country on the basis of national interests,” Araghchi stressed.

During the meeting, Araghchi answered the questions raised by some MPs on topics including the conditions for lifting of sanctions, inspection of military sites, West’s contradictory statements about JCPOA, confidential agreement with the IAEA, conditions of providing 20% of fuel for Tehran reactor’s operation, inspections of nuclear facilities, conditions for sanctions return, US selective approach to human rights and support for terrorism, uncertainty about the cancellation or suspension of sanctions, arms and missile embargo as well as financial and banking sanctions.

He explained that the nuclear deal between Iran and P5+1 stipulates that Iran would voluntarily execute the Additional Protocol until the US sanctions against Tehran are removed.

He noticed that a new roadmap has been signed between the IAEA director general and the Iranian nuclear chief to settle points of differences and that roadmap includes confidential contents.

Iran’s seeks removal of all sanctions, including economic and financial sanctions, on the very first day of implementing the deal, Araghchi said.


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