Closing Fordow is not on Iran negotiating team's agenda

By Abraham Shanedling

An Iranian lawmaker told Iran's state-run news website Press TV that the closure of the Fordow nuclear facility is not on the agenda of Iranian negotiators during upcoming talks with world powers in Geneva.

The official, Mohammad Hossein Asafari, a member of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told the Iranian news agency that Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi has told Western powers that Tehran will not stop uranium enrichment and will not close the Fordow plant.

Asafari was quoted as saying that the decision on the acceptance of the Additional Protocol, which allows the International Atomic Agency to inspect nuclear plants, is solely up to the Majlis (the Iranian parliament).

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu, who is meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome on Wednesday, is expected to caution against easing Western sanctions on Iran.