MPs demand Iran limit IAEA inspections following prominent scientist assassination
Iranian lawmakers have issued an official statement asking that the country respond to the recent assassination of a prominent nuclear scientist near Tehran by limiting the United Nations' regulatory mandate concerning Iran’s nuclear program.
Members of Majlis (Iran’s Parliament) put forth the proposal in a statement that was read out at the legislature this Sunday.
“Such atrocity entails an immediate and regret-inducing response,” they stated, emphasizing that the best means of retaliation is “the revival of the country’s brilliant nuclear industry by ending its voluntary adherence to the Additional Protocol” and limiting the UN nuclear watchdog's unprecedented inspections.
Iran agreed to adhere to the Additional Protocol of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as part of its historic 2015 nuclear agreement with world leaders. Under the protocol, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog, is permitted to carry out “more intrusive” inspections of the country’s nuclear work.
Iran’s nuclear activities and the deal, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), have often been the target of sabotage by the United States and the Israeli regime.
The US left the JCPOA back in 2018, and its allies in the deal – the UK, France, and Germany – also failed to secure Iran’s interests which were guaranteed by the deal, under US pressure.
Two of the most recent acts of sabotage -- where the Islamic Republic strongly suspects Israel to have commited with US intelligence – are a July incident at the central Natanz nuclear site that caused material damage to the facility and the Friday assassination of prominent scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Iranian scientist Fakhrizadeh, the head the Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, was unfortunately targeted in a multi-pronged terrorist attack by a number of terrorists in Absard city of Tehran Province’s Damavand County.
Qalibaf: Enemies must be made to regret this heinous action
Majlis Speaker Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf also encouraged a “strong response” to the assassination, stating that the country’s enemies would not be made to regret their atrocious act in any other way.
A response, he added, has to both avenge the assassination and deter the enemies from repeating such heinous crimes in the future.
The assassination indictaed that the adversaries have been frustrated by Iran’s increasing power and therefore have resorted to assassinating its scientists, he added.
The senior parliamentarian, nevertheless, expressed certainty that the Iranian people would be able to weather the loss as they have in countless other cases since the historic 1979 victory of its Islamic Revolution and “pursue the path of its martyrs more strongly than before.”