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Iranian MPs and Expert advocate signing additional nuclear protocol

Expert on international relations Davood Hermidas Bavand said on Saturday that signing the additional protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty would help neutralize the propaganda campaign against Iranian nuclear program, IRNA reported from Tehran.

He told IRNA that effective diplomatic steps should be taken in line with the additional protocol to indicate that Iran`s program is in line with the civilian application of the energy despite the orchestrated campaign of the nuclear states against Iran.

He said that though the resolution of the IAEA Board of Governors has not been adopted unanimously on September 12, but, the atmosphere of the meeting showed that those lobbying against Iran`s national program had been successful in creating such an atmosphere. "The nuclear states in fact challenged the intermediary role of the IAEA in honoring its obligation to provide technological know-how for developing nations," he said.

However, opting out of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) will not help Iran improve the political atmosphere the nuclear states have created against Iran, he said.

"I think Iran had better sign the additional protocol to show the empty anti-Iran propaganda campaign of the nuclear states to the international community.

MP Ahmad Azimi says Iran should not prolong signing protocol

Member of Parliamentary Energy Commission Ahmad Azimi said on Saturday prolonged process of signing the protocol to non-proliferation treaty (NPT) will bring the nuclear states closer together in their anti-Iran political campaign, IRNA reported from Tehran.

He said that the protocol has envisaged the rights of the signatory states to opt out of the protocol so that no reason remains to delay signing of the protocol.

"The signatory states can express reservations about several sections of the protocol and the protocol obliges the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to fully cooperate with member states in providing technical assistance for the national program," he said. "If the IAEA (was) proved unable to satisfy Iran, we can opt out of the protocol," Azimi said.

He said that the nuclear states orchestrated a propaganda campaign against Iranian nuclear program and that signing the protocol will demonstrate the emptiness of anti-Iran campaign to the international community.

Iran should have taken initiative from nuclear states beforehand by signing protocol, says MP Elaheh Koulaei

Member of Parliamentary Commission on National Security and Foreign Affairs Mrs Elaheh Koulaei said on Saturday that signing the additional protocol ahead of the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors meeting would have deprived the nuclear states of an opportunity to orchestrate anti-Iran propaganda.

She told IRNA that the commission had recommended signing the protocol ahead of Board of Governors` meeting which would have given Iran a bargaining chip with the IAEA seeking assistance to proceed with the national program.

The MP from Tehran said that the United States and the other nuclear states had embarked on intensive diplomatic efforts to force the Board of Governors to provide a non-compliance vote so that the case could be referred to the Security Council. "We should have taken the initiative away from them through a deterrent step of signing the additional protocol earlier."

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