Iran Faces Final Stages of Protocol Decision

Iran will notify the International Atomic Energy Agency in “a matter of days” to announce its decision to sign the Additional Protocol to its IAEA safeguards agreement, which would allow the agency to monitor Iran’s nuclear activities in more detail, Agence France-Presse reported today (see GSN, Oct. 27).

“We are soon going to send a letter indicating our intention and our readiness to accede to the protocol,” said Iran’s delegate to the IAEA, Ali Akbar Salehi. The final decision, however, rests with Hassan Rohani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme Council of National Security.

“A letter has been drafted. It has been given to officials.  They are studying it,” Salehi said. He added that Iran has attached “no conditions” to signing the protocol (Agence France-Presse, Oct. 28).

Meanwhile, U.S. and Israeli officials expressed skepticism with the Iran’s promises of greater cooperation with the IAEA. The plan was brokered by British, German and French officials.

“It is already possible to conclude with certainty that the Iranians have lied once again,” said a senior Israeli intelligence official. “Domestically, they describe their commitment to the Europeans as a temporary halt. They are not giving up their capabilities, but freezing them for a limited period,” the official added.

Israeli military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Aharon Ze’evi said this week that the chances of Iran ending its nuclear program are “extremely low” (Amos Harel, Ha’aretz, Oct. 28).

October 28, 2003
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Iran will notify the International Atomic Energy Agency in “a matter of days” to announce its decision to sign the Additional Protocol to its IAEA safeguards agreement, which would allow the agency to monitor Iran’s nuclear activities in more detail, Agence France-Presse reported today (see GSN, Oct. 27).

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