Zarif: Implementation of law on Additional Protocol, Govt’s duty
Zarif: Implementation of law on Additional Protocol, Govt’s duty
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said here on Wednesday that the government is duty-bound to implement the law approved by Majlis (Parliament) on the voluntary implementation of Additional Protocol.

TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran will stop its voluntary measures with regard to Additional Protocol as of February 23, Zarif told reporters on the sidelines of cabinet session held this morning.

Voluntary implementation of Additional Protocol will halt, but inspection of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) continues, Zarif added.

In a recently-held interview with Japan’s Kyodo news agency, Zarif said the Majlis law has to be implemented.

When the window closes, Iran will enrich further uranium and promote nuclear development, Zarif told the news agency.

Last day, In an interview with Japan’s Kyodo News, Zarif called Japan an old friend of Iran and noted its good relations with the United States.

“We expect Japan to act as a friend, particularly when it comes to international law,” Zarif said, referring to the illegal nature of the US sanctions.

“Since the United States is violating international law, the best role that Japan can play is to show Americans that Japan will not implement their illegal decisions,” he said.

Zarif specifically called on Japan to unfreeze Iranian assets frozen in Japanese banks due to US sanctions, as a gesture to Iran by the new government of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who came to power last September, Press TV reported.

According to Zarif, frozen assets in Japan and South Korea total close to $10 billion. Japan’s share — mainly revenue from crude oil exports to Japan — is estimated to be just under $3 billion.

Zarif said the unfrozen funds could be used to procure medicines and food, including vaccines for the novel coronavirus.

  • source : IRNA