Majlis Commissions Scrutinizing JCPOA

Majlis Commissions Scrutinizing JCPOAMajlis Commissions Scrutinizing JCPOA

Parliamentary commissions are thoroughly examining the recent international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, officially titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Saturday upon arrival in Tehran from New York, where he attended the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament.

“A special commission, whose members were chosen by lawmakers, is looking into various aspects of the JCPOA,” the top legislator was quoted by Fars News Agency as saying.

According to Larijani, other parliamentary commissions, including the panel on economy, are also examining the agreement as it includes fine details.      

“The Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, which has been studying the JCPOA for a while, will continue its review independently of other panels,” the official added, noting that the commissions are due to announce their assessments in late September so that lawmakers can give their final verdict by mid-October.  Talking to members of the Assembly of Experts on Thursday, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei highlighted the role of the Majlis in scrutinizing the JCPOA.

  NY Visit

Asked about the achievements of the Iranian delegation at the parliamentary meeting held at the United Nations headquarters in New York from August 31 to September 2, Larijani stated, “It was a unique forum for dialogue and cooperation between parliaments at the highest level, where we clarified our position on major issues such as Daesh [the Arabic acronym for the so-called Islamic State militant group], the connection between democracy and peace, sustainable development and other inter-parliamentary discussions.”

“Attending the summit was an opportunity to meet [UN Secretary-General] Ban Ki-moon and exchange views on various issues, including Iran’s nuclear program as well as regional challenges,” he added.  

On the highlights of the trip, Larijani noted, “We held talks with 20 parliament speakers in addition to American experts and analysts… We expressed our views on the United States’ unfair and dishonest approach fueling mistrust between the two states.”

The speaker expressed hope that Tehran’s engagement with the world could help settle regional disputes and improve security in the crisis-hit Middle East.

The parliamentary conference was part of a series of high-level meetings leading up to the UN summit in late September, at which the new Sustainable Development Goals will be launched.