Parliament of Iran approves bill to increase nuclear activity

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

01st Dec, 2020. 02:24 pm

The Parliament of Iran has given the approval to draft legislation that could end inspections of its nuclear sites by early next year.

According to the media reports, the spokesperson of Parliament said that this bill would serve as a “strategic measure for the removal of sanctions,” aimed at revitalizing the country’s nuclear activities.

In addition to this, the law also requires the Iranian government to suspend the regulatory protocols of the Iran Nuclear Deal (or the JCPOA) after the assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsin Fakhrizadeh.

Local media said that 251 lawmakers in the 290-seat chamber voted in favor of the bill. Reportedly this bill will allow Iran to have a three-month time period to improve its oil and gas sector with easy restrictions by European countries, and to restore its access to the international banking system.

It may be recalled that the US imposed crippling sanctions on Iran after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear agreement, triggering a series of escalations between the two sides.

Earlier Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran would meet its commitments which “can be done automatically and needs no conditions or even negotiations,”

Zarif described Biden as a “foreign affairs veteran” whom he has known for 30 years. Once in the White House, Biden could “lift all of these (sanctions) with three executive orders,” Zarif argued.

“The next stage that will need negotiating is America’s return… which is not a priority,” he said, adding that “the first priority is America ending its law-breaking”.

President Hassan Rouhani said Trump’s administration was “unruly” and that Biden could bring back the atmosphere which prevailed in 2015 at the time of the nuclear deal negotiated by Barack Obama.


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