EXCLUSIVE: Iranian Parliament to Present Triple-Urgency Bill to Stop N. Talks
Iranian parliamentarians plan to present a bill with the highest degree of urgency to the floor which will require the government to suspend nuclear talks with the world powers while the US continues its threats against Tehran.
Javad Karimi Qoddousi, a member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, told FNA on Saturday that “the plan will be signed by the legislators and presented to the parliament’s Presiding Board tomorrow”.
“Based on this single-article bill, the government will be required to stop the negotiations until the Americans apologize to the Islamic Republic of Iran and end their threats,” influential lawmaker said.
Karimi Qoddousi underlined that the Iranian lawmakers will not allow the superpowers to violate the Iranian nation’s rights or keep the nation under threat.
The parliament’s decision was announced after US Secretary of State John Kerry in an effort to improve ties with Israel over the Iran policy said recently that military action is still among possible options for Washington. Also Joe Biden, the US vice-president, repeated the same remarks later.
In relevant comments on Wednesday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei dismissed the US war rhetoric against Iran as empty and boastful remarks, but meantime, warned that Tehran would not negotiate under threat.
“This is not acceptable that the opposite side continues making threats simultaneous with the talks,” the Leader said, addressing a public meeting with teachers here in Tehran.
He further noted the remarks made by the two US officials in recent days who had alleged that military threats against Iran were still alive, and said, “Negotiation under the ghost of a threat is meaningless and the Iranian nation does not tolerate negotiation under the shadow of threat.”
“First of all, you can’t do a damn thing,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in response to the two US officials, and added, “Secondly, as I had already stated during the term of the former US president, the era of hit-and-run attacks is gone and the Iranian nation will not let go anyone intending to make an aggression” against it.
Meantime, he said the US needs the nuclear talks, at least, as much as Iran does, and pointed out that Iran is willing to put an end to the sanctions, while the US officials need to leave a legacy behind as “they are deeply in need to make this claim that they have made Iran sit to the negotiating table and imposed certain points on it”.
The Supreme Leader underlined that now everyone in Iran knows pretty well that the country’s economic problems are not resolved through the removal of the sanctions, “rather resolving economic problems requires our own planning, will and ability, no matter the sanctions are in place or not”.
“Of course, if the sanctions are removed, the economic problems could be solved more easily, but their resolution will be possible if the sanctions continue,” he added.
The Iranian leader further reminded the country’s team of negotiators once again to pay good heed to the redlines, “but never allow the other side to impose its will, exercise force, humiliate or threaten you”.