As the U.S. Congress kicks off a contentious debate over the Iran nuclear accord, hardliners in the Iranian political system are gearing up for a battle of their own, targeting a key verification provision that they hope to defeat in an open parliamentary vote.
The issue is over inspections of sites, including military facilities, suspected of harboring illicit nuclear work that would be conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The treaty, signed by Iran and 189 other countries, is the corner stone of the world’s system designed to curb the spread of nuclear weapons.
“Enough is enough. We will not allow spies for the U.S. and Israel to come here to gain any more from our military sites, “ said Hamid-Reza Taraghi, the international affairs spokesman for the Islamic Coalition party.
Iran had accepted the provision in question, the 1997 Additional Protocol, voluntarily in 2003, and “unfortunately, a lot of information on our military activities were reported to Israel,” Taraghi said in an interview.
According to Annex 5 of the July 15 agreement Iran and six world power reached in Vienna, Iran will provisionally apply the Additional Protocol from the day that the accord is implemented, “pending its ratification by the Majlis,” Iran’s parliament. But according to Taraghi, the Majlis “for sure” will fail to ratify it.