Special Legislation on Nuclear Pact Likely

Special Legislation on Nuclear Pact LikelySpecial Legislation on Nuclear Pact Likely

A member of the Majlis special commission on the July nuclear deal predicted that the ongoing parliamentary review of the pact is likely to ultimately produce some legislation authorizing the government to go ahead and implement the agreement while requiring it to observe the system's red lines.

The pact clinched between Iran and major powers on July 14 will place constraints on Tehran's nuclear program for specified durations in return for removal of international sanctions.

Under a June bill, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the official name of the deal) has to secure the approval of the Majlis and the Supreme National Security Council before it can be put into effect.

Asked whether the Parliament would announce its ultimate verdict on the deal in a statement, Alaeddin Boroujerdi said, "Issuing a statement can be an option. But, I believe the Majlis is inclined toward passing legislation."

"The Majlis will neither pass nor reject the JCPOA," he said. "It should pass a measure legislating for the red lines to be respected and for the government to move to implement the action plan," he said in an interview with the Arabic-language Al-Alam news network on Sunday.

In pursuant to the accord, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2231 on July 20 to endorse it.

According to the pact, the 90th day after the endorsement is called the Adoption Day, "at which time this JCPOA and the commitments in this JCPOA come into effect."

"Beginning on that date, JCPOA participants will make necessary arrangements and preparations for the implementation of their JCPOA commitments," the deal says.

Predicting that the accord could get through the Parliament "in a week," Boroujerdi said depending on how soon the relevant authorities of P5+1 countries are done considering it, the "Adoption" can happen ahead of the 90-day deadline.

"When Iran and the other six parties announce their approval, the work enters the implementation stage."

***Commission's Report

Elsewhere, another lawmaker who also sits on the JCPOA commission said on Tuesday the panel would submit the outcome of its assessment to the Majlis in the form of a report in the coming days.

Asked about the commission's progress with the accord, Abbasali Arani Mansouri told IRNA, "The commission is responsible for producing ideas and giving advice.  It is the Majlis that decides what course of action to take."

"The commission is only required to present its views in a report after scrutinizing the JCPOA," he added.