Tehran, Oct 20: A senior Iranian lawmaker has demanded the West to take major steps to ease “completely illegal” sanctions against Iran, a media report Saturday.
“If new steps are to be taken (by Iran) while it is still under sanction pressures, it will definitely be unacceptable because confidence-building is a two-way street,” reported Xinhua citing Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.
As a confidence-building measure, Iran has never had any problems with the inspection to its nuclear facilities and the country’s nuclear sites have always been under the supervision of the UN, the nuclear watchdog (IAEA) said.
Iran has offered further transparency over its nuclear issue and, in line with this, the Islamic republic is considering to implement additional protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which would oblige the country to open its nuclear sites for snap visits by UN inspectors.
But, in return, Tehran anticipates the ease of international and western sanctions which have hit the economy of the country.
On Saturday, the vice chairman of national security and foreign policy commission of Iran’s Majlis also emphasised that the Iranian parliament will consider reviewing the additional protocol provided that all of the sanctions against Iran would be lifted.
“The West should build necessary confidence and lift all the sanctions, and after that we can start to discuss additional protocol in the parliament,” Mansour Haqiqatpour said.