Iranian parliament passes bill approving nuclear agreement
Oct.13, Tehran: Parliament in Iran has endorsed the landmark nuclear agreement with world powers, clearing the last hurdle before both sides begin work to implement it next week.
The Iranian parliament, the Majlis, on Tuesday passed the motion with 161 yes votes, 59 no votes and 13 abstentions among the 250 MPs present at the session.
Many legislators strongly opposed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that President Hassan Rouhani's government reached with world powers on July 14, and Tuesday's vote removes an obstacle to putting the agreement into practice.
It had passed a preliminary vote on Sunday by a smaller margin, and will now be submitted to a clerical body for final approval and passage into law, local media reported.
The bill stipulates that inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, need approval from a top Iranian security body before visiting military sites, leaving the possibility that disagreements could still arise.
Western diplomats said last month that IAEA inspectors, who are tasked with verifying member states are not developing nuclear weapons, will have access to military sites where Iranian technicians are taking swipe samples.
The bill also says Iran should resume its nuclear activities, which it is curbing under the JCPOA, if international sanctions are not lifted as agreed.
Under the July 14 deal with the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, Iran accepted strict limitations on its nuclear programme in exchange for relief from the sanctions that have crippled its economy.
The agreement opened the door to easing decades of mounting hostility between Iran and the West. Western powers suspect the programme was aimed at developing the means to build an atom bomb, but Iran says it seeks only peaceful atomic energy.
The Oslo Times