Iran to inform nuclear watchdog of agreement to tougher inspections in coming days
Iran will soon inform the International Atomic Energy Agency of its intention to sign an additional protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) allowing tougher inspections of its nuclear facilities, a top official in Tehran said Tuesday.
"We are soon going to send a letter indicating our intention and our readiness to accede to the protocol," said Iran's representative to the IAEA, Ali Akbar Salehi.
"A letter has been drafted. It has been given to officials. They are studying it," he added, explaining that the final say now rested with Hassan Rowhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme Council of National Security.
Salehi said he expected a decision to be made and the IAEA to be informed in the coming days.
"It's a matter of days," he said, adding that Iran has attached "no conditions" to signing the protocol.
"It will be distributed and tabled to the board. The board has to endorse it and authorise the (IAEA) director general to go into the process of signature with the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said. (Albawaba.com)
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