Need to Prepare for Possible JCPOA Breaches

Need to Prepare for Possible JCPOA BreachesNeed to Prepare for Possible JCPOA Breaches

A lawmaker described the possible presidential endorsement of anti-Iran bills now under discussion in the US Congress as a flagrant violation of last year's nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, calling on Iran's administration to be ready for taking retaliatory measures.

In an interview with Tasnim News Agency on Saturday, Chairman of Majlis Nuclear Commission Mojtaba Zolnoor took a swipe at the US for continuing to undermine the nuclear deal, which came into force in January.

Highlighting the US untrustworthy nature, Zolnoor pointed to two recent anti-Iran bills passed by the US House of Representatives, saying if the bills win Senate approval and if the US president does not veto them, Washington will be clearly a violator of the nuclear deal.

On Tuesday, US lawmakers passed a bill renewing sanctions on Iran for 10 years. The House of Representatives voted 419 to one for a 10-year reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act, or ISA, a law first adopted in 1996 to punish investments in Iran's energy industry.

Later on Thursday, the House passed another bill that would block the sale of commercial aircraft to Iran in a bid to stop sales by Boeing and Airbus, which were already approved by the US administration.

However, the White House has said Obama would veto the measure even if it did pass the Senate. The US administration believes the legislation would be a violation of the JCPOA.

Zolnoor reminded the Iranian government of its obligations under a parliamentary law to retaliate any breach of the JCPOA by the other parties to the deal.

"The government needs to prepare to increase the number of centrifuge machines and uranium enrichment capacity, among other measures, in case of such a blatant violation of JCPOA," he said.


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