If Sanctions Are Lifted
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Director Fereidoun Abbasi said in Tehran on Monday that Iran has offered IAEA “full supervision” of its nuclear activities for five years if the sanctions against Iran were lifted.
“We proposed that the agency keep Iran's nuclear program and activities under full supervision for five years provided that sanctions against Iran are lifted,” Abbasi said [ISNA, 5 September].
The IAEA has recently issued strong warnings on potential military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program, with Iran insisting on non-military nature of its program.
Under the current agreements with Iran, IAEA inspectors can visit declared nuclear sites. But since 2007 when the first of a series of sanctions started, Iran ended its implementation of the Additional Protocol to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to prevent “intrusive” inspections of its nuclear sites. Iran maintained the implementation of the Additional Protocol was voluntary. IAEA maintains that Iran could not suspend the implantation of the protocol unilaterally.
Abbasi’s remarks today on “full supervision” by IAEA apparently would allow the IAEA to resume its “intrusive” inspections for the next five years if the sanctions are lifted.