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Iranian MPs Preparing Bill to Require Gov’t to Speed Up N. Activities in Case of US Sanctions

2 February 2015 12:56

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More than 220 Iranian lawmakers have prepared and signed the bill of a law which necessitates the government to speed up the country’s nuclear activities in case the US imposes any further sanctions on Tehran.
“The bill requires the government to annul the Geneva Interim agreement (inked by Iran and the world powers in November 2013) and resume all its nuclear activities in case of intensified US sanctions,” Chairman of the parliament’s Nuclear Committee Ebrahim Karkhaneyee told FNA on Monday.

“Based on the bill, removal of all sanctions at once is the Islamic Republic of Iran’s precondition for implementation of any (possible) comprehensive nuclear deal,” he added.

Karkhaneyee underlined that 220 MPs have so far inked the bill which will be submitted to the parliament’s Presiding Board in the next few days.

His remarks came after the US congress (mostly grabbed by the Republicans) threatened to impose new sanctions against Iran, an issue which has been described as a redline by Tehran in the interim nuclear agreement reached with the world powers in November 2013.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani had earlier warned that the Iranian legislature would reciprocate any new US sanctions with intensifying nuclear activities, including enriching uranium to the 60% grade for industrial use.

In relevant remarks late January, Vice-Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabifard underlined that Tehran would revive and speed up its nuclear activities, including its enrichment program, in case the US refrains from removing all the sanctions against Iran under a final deal.

“The slightest measure by the US Congress to increase sanctions against Iran will oblige the Iranian parliament to take actions leading to progress of Iran’s nuclear goals and uranium enrichment for peaceful purposes,” Aboutorabifard said on Thursday.

The 10th round of negotiations between Iran and the six world powers was held in Vienna from November 18 to 24, where the seven nations decided to extend the talks until July after they failed to strike an agreement.

The latest round of the nuclear talks between the two sides was held at the level of deputy foreign ministers in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 18.

The two sides decided to continue their talk early in February.

Both Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) negotiators have underlined that cutting a final deal before the July 10 deadline is possible.

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