Cleric Warns Against Disunity Over JCPOA

Cleric Warns Against Disunity Over JCPOACleric Warns Against Disunity Over JCPOA

Disagreement over Iran’s nuclear accord with major powers, officially titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, should not lead to animosity and division among “Islamic Revolution forces,” the chairman of the Assembly of Experts says.

Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi made the remark in an address to seminary students in Qom on Wednesday, IRNA reported.

“We live in a country whose Leader [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] is politically conscious and fully aware of the sworn enemies’ intentions; consequently, if experts have been tasked by him with scrutinizing the JCPOA, we’d better not interfere in their affairs and let them do their duty in a calm atmosphere,” the head of Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom noted, criticizing those who have created tension over the issue in recent weeks.  

“The Leader of the Islamic Revolution has already called for resolving differences and preserving unity,” he said.

“Everyone must abide by the Leader’s orders when he reiterates let specialists take care of the issue. Even if there are disputes, they should be referred to official and lawmakers through legal channels.”

According to Yazdi, the clergy should keep themselves up-to-date with respect to ongoing issues in not only their country and the region but also the world; nonetheless, entering politics and organizing protests to voice dissatisfaction with the government’s policies are definitely not in accordance with the Leader’s guidelines.

  Leader Safeguards Revolution   

Underlining the division between proponents and opponents of the JCPOA, he reassured all those who are worried about the Islamic Revolution that if a sensitive issue jeopardizes the country, the Leader will never surrender.

“Parliamentarians have been authorized by the Leader to review the JCPOA and we must abide by the Leader’s decision,” he stated, reiterating that, “There may be disagreements between the government and the Majlis in which case the Guardian Council will make the right decision regarding the interests of the Islamic Revolution.”

The Supreme National Security Council, which like the Parliament is tasked with looking into the nuclear pact, is expected to endorse the international agreement.  

Stressing that as long as the Leader has not approved the SNSC’s enactments they are not legally binding, Yazdi said, “I myself have studied the JCPOA in detail and I am aware of the concessions we have won and granted, yet I maintain that the rest of the issue must be left to experts to be handled properly.”