Rouhani warns parliament to not help ‘enemy’

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Feb 24, 2021

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has defended his administration’s take care of the International Atomic Energy Agency after conservatives in parliament known as for the judiciary to open a authorized case in opposition to the president. 

Rouhani mentioned that the take care of the IAEA was “artful” in that it absolutely carried out parliament’s invoice proscribing IAEA entry with out opening Iran to accusations of not cooperating with the nuclear watchdog. He accused anybody “distorting” Iran’s accomplishment on this deal of aiding Iran’s enemies.

On Feb. 23 Iran technically suspended its voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol, which gave the IAEA better entry to Iran’s nuclear program. However, two days prior, Iranian diplomats and IAEA chief Rafael Grossi reached a deal through which Iran would retain sure knowledge for as much as three months. If sanctions on Iran are eliminated, Iran will hand the information over to the IAEA. If the sanctions should not eliminated, Iran will delete it. 

The United States reapplied sanctions on Iran in 2018 when it exited the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. While the Biden administration campaigned on reentering the deal, it has requested Iran to return to full compliance with the JCPOA earlier than eradicating sanctions. Tehran has incrementally elevated enrichment and brought different measures as soon as the United States exited the deal, however claims that it as permitted to take the steps as a part of the textual content of the JCPOA.

Conservatives in parliament handed a invoice in December 2020 that known as on Iran to droop implementation of the Additional Protocol. After the take care of the IAEA was introduced, these behind the invoice, particularly Mojtaba Zolnour, the pinnacle of the highly effective National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, known as for the judiciary to open a case in opposition to the president and others concerned within the take care of the IAEA.

On Feb. 22, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned members of the Assembly of Experts about divisions. While he publicly backed the laws, referring to it as a “good bill,” he mentioned of the parliament’s disagreements with the administration, “These differences are solvable and the two sides must cooperation to resolve them. The differences must not widen, which would show division”

Today, Feb. 24, parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf vowed to heed Khamenei’s warning. He mentioned that the Khamenei’s name for “unity and understanding is our responsibility.” Even Hossein Shariatmadari, the editor of Kayhan newspaper who opposed the JCPOA and plenty of of Rouhani’s insurance policies, criticized the parliament for the harsh criticism of the administration. In an editorial, he implicitly defended the take care of the IAEA and wrote that objection to it “did not require this volume of protest.”

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