Joshua Levitt 9-30-13
A senior Iranian legislator said Tehran will not stop its nuclear activity, despite international pressure, state news agency Fars reported on Monday.
“Tehran will not accept any kind of suspension or halt and all Iranian nuclear facilities will continue their operation,” said Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, rapporteur of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran complies with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) rules and regulations and cooperates within that framework, but it will never accept the Additional Protocol,” he said.
Naqavi Hosseini said Iran is ready to negotiate on the degree and grade of nuclear enrichment with world powers. His comments came as western media reported that Iran would ratify the additional protocol, and commit to more IAEA inspections IF, at the next round of talks with the world powers, there is an acknowledgment of Iran’s nuclear rights and sanctions against it are lifted, Fars said.