MPs Draft Bill on JCPOA Enforcement

MPs Draft Bill on JCPOA EnforcementMPs Draft Bill on JCPOA Enforcement

A groupe of lawmakers have drafted a bill requiring the government to “safeguard national interests” in the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the July 14 nuclear deal with major powers is officially known.  

The 14-article bill was expected to be submitted to the Majlis presiding board on Wednesday, Fars News Agency reported.

The Majlis is reviewing the international accord and a special parliamentary commission has announced that its final report on the pact will be read out at the Majlis session next Sunday. The enforcement of the JCPOA also needs endorsement by the Supreme National Security Council.

The introduction to the bill says, “The agreement made in nuclear talks [with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany as well as the European Union] to limit Iran’s nuclear activities should not be regarded as a confirmation that the nuclear program has been meant for non-peaceful purposes, but should be seen as a transparency measure to give the lie to Iranophobia and the propaganda campaign against Iran by arrogant powers.

“[The agreement to restrict the nuclear work] is in return for the demand for the full removal of cruel and unjust multilateral and unilateral sanctions.”

  Requirements for Implementation

It also says if the government intends to accede to the restrictions and put the JCPOA into effect, it is obliged to comply with such requirements as ensuring the conclusion of the International Atomic Energy Organization’s inquiry into what it calls the possible military dimensions of Tehran’s nuclear program before the implementation of the pact, securing the full lifting of “banking, financial, economic, commercial and educational” sanctions and granting IAEA inspectors access to sites only within the framework of the agency’s safeguards agreement.   

The legislation also says the government has to make the following points clear for the international parties to the deal: the implementation of the IAEA’s additional protocol will be “on a voluntary basis for two years” and its extension would require parliamentary approval, Iran’s defense activities, including its missile program, and Tehran’s backing for resistance groups against Israel will continue, Iran’s research and development programs in various high-tech industries will remain intact and Tehran will halt cooperation if members of the P5+1 (the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany) reinstate sanctions under “trumped-up pretexts”.