MPs Criticize Anti-Deal Protests

MPs Criticize Anti-Deal ProtestsMPs Criticize Anti-Deal Protests

A group of lawmakers criticized recent "illegal" rallies in front of the Majlis by opponents of the landmark nuclear agreement reached between Iran and major powers on July 14, officially titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The parliamentarians believe the protesters who assert to be followers of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei ought to refrain from running such campaigns as they will bear no fruit but "sedition", ISNA reported.

As per a recent parliamentary decision, a special commission is scrutinizing the JCPOA; nonetheless, critics, who have been trying to voice their opposition by setting up tents in front of the Majlis, have called for the rejection of the international pact ignoring not only the Leader's guidelines but also national interests.

  Need for Calm

Referring to the 3-day gathering of JCPOA opponents, Lawmaker Hossein Sobhaninia said, "Creating tension for the legislature is not a suitable approach. Lawmakers will not be able to make key decisions about a major issue such as the JCPOA unless the atmosphere is calm."

Stressing that such any rally should be staged after obtaining official permissions, the lawmaker reiterated that pressure campaign cannot affect the legislative body as people's representatives are aware of their own responsibilities and a tiny minority cannot impose their views on them.

According to Gholamali Jafarzadeh, a lawmaker from the northern city of Rasht, the JCPOA has been reviewed based on the red lines set by the Leader; besides, there is nothing more important than national interests.

Describing such critics as "more catholic than the Pope", he noted, "Abiding by the Leader's instructions is high on our list of priorities and whatever action beyond the Constitution is an act of sedition which will lead to chaos."

Attaching great importance to preserving national unity under present circumstances, he asked all political parties and factions to comply with the law and let the Parliament perform its onerous task.

Legislator Behrouz Nemati believes that such actions will pave the way for those who are waiting to take advantage of the chaotic situation. Interestingly enough, those who are in favor of the JCPOA in Iran far outnumber the opponents.