Iran MPs endorse bill on nuclear rights

The file photo shows a view of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis).

Iranian lawmakers have unanimously approved the broad lines of a bill requiring the government to safeguard Iran’s nuclear rights as an end-of-month deadline draws closer for Iran and six world powers to reach a final nuclear deal.

During an open session of the Iranian parliament (Majlis) on Sunday, 199 lawmakers voted in favor and only 3 voted against the bill. Five MPs abstained.

"In line with safeguarding national interests [of Iran] and in compliance with the Safeguards Agreement of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, any outcome of nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 countries shall be valid as long as" three requirements are met, read the text of the bill.

It said any agreement with the six powers should include the complete and immediate removal of all sanctions against Iran “on the day Iran starts fulfilling its obligations."

Iranian lawmakers added that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be only permitted to "conduct conventional inspections" of Iran’s nuclear facilities within the framework of the Safeguards Agreement, noting that access to Iran’s "military, security and sensitive non-nuclear sites, documents and scientists is forbidden."

The bill also calls on the Iranian government not to accept any restrictions on acquisition of peaceful nuclear technology, research and development.

Addressing the session, Iran’s Majlis speaker, Ali Larijani, said the bill has been amended to give a free hand to Iranian nuclear negotiating team within the framework of criteria set by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and the Supreme National Security Council.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on June 13 that the achievements of his administration in safeguarding the nuclear rights of the Islamic Republic are a big victory for the Iranian nation.

Addressing a press conference in Tehran, Rouhani added that no world country currently doubts Iran’s right to the enrichment of uranium which is the biggest achievement in safeguarding Iran’s nuclear rights.

Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – are holding extensive talks to finalize the text of a possible deal over Tehran’s nuclear program by June 30.

The two sides seek to reach a comprehensive final deal based on the mutual understanding on the key parameters agreed upon in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.


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