Lawmakers Draft Bill to Oversee Nuclear Deal

Lawmakers Draft Bill to Oversee Nuclear DealLawmakers Draft Bill to Oversee Nuclear Deal

The spokesperson for the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee announced on Saturday the parliamentarians have drafted a bill that would allow the Majlis to "oversee" a prospective nuclear accord between Iran and the major powers.

"The bill will certainly be brought to the floor and passed in the near future" in response to the passage of a bill by the US Senate requiring the Obama administration to submit the nuclear deal to Congress for review and approval, Lawmaker Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told ICANA on Saturday.

"Over 50 lawmakers had signed the bill until the previous day, and a majority of the parliamentarians will sign it this week."        

The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass a bill giving Congress the right to review, and potentially reject, an international agreement with Iran aimed at resolving the long-running dispute over Tehran's nuclear work, Reuters reported.

The 98-1 vote sent the measure to the House of Representatives.

The White House said President Barack Obama would sign it into law if it also passes the House, as expected, without significant changes.

The bill gives Congress 30 days to review the final nuclear deal after international negotiators reach such an agreement, and during that time bars Obama from temporarily waiving any US sanctions on Iran that had been passed by Congress.

Naqavi Hosseini also said, "The Americans have always pursued double standards and deceptive policies, and shown throughout the talks that they are not trustworthy."

"The recent move by the US Senate indicates that the United States is trying to find a way to get out of its commitments under the prospective deal."

Commenting on the US Senate’s measure, a member of the Majlis presiding board said, “The Islamic Republic and the nuclear negotiating team will never give in to American pressure (campaign).”

In an interview with ICANA on Saturday, Hossein Sobhaninia said, “Such moves will certainly have negative effects on the nuclear talks, and the recent bill illustrates the fact that the United States, as a member of the P5+1(the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) has once again adopted the carrot and stick approach.”

In addition, he said, “Fortunately, in view of the black record of the United States, the Islamic Republic is watchfully monitoring the US institutions’ actions… and the recent Senate’s measure will not affect Iran’s will and positions because the disagreement between the US Congress and administration is a domestic issue, and it is up to them to resolve such disputes.”