Iran MPs urge end to JCPOA implementation
A group of Iranian lawmakers have called on President Hassan Rouhani to stop implementing a nuclear agreement if the US continues violating the accord and maintains its hostile policies toward Iran.
As many as 102 legislators on Monday urged President Rouhani to set a deadline for reconsidering Iran’s voluntary implementation of nuclear-related measures under the agreement.
They asked the government to resume all nuclear activities under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in case the US refuses to return some $2 billion recently taken away from frozen Iranian assets.
They accused the US administration of backpedaling on the June 2015 agreement, sabotaging the deal and blackmailing over the removal of sanctions.
The lawmakers asked the government to respond in kind, with regard to the seizure of Iran’s frozen assets by the US.
On April 20, the US Supreme Court ruled that Iranian assets had to be turned over to the American families of the people killed in a 1983 bombing in Beirut and other attacks which Tehran says have nothing to do with it.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi- Ansari said Monday the results of legal investigations conducted by a special committee on the appropriation of Iranian assets have been presented to the country’s Supreme National Security Council.
“The results of the committee’s investigations have been presented to the president, and will be brought up today in the Supreme National Security Council,” Jaberi- Ansari said during his weekly press briefing.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia — plus Germany started to implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on January 16.
Iranian officials say the US has maintained its hostile policies toward Tehran despite the agreement.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said the US has resorted to “deception” over the nuclear deal. President Rouhani has warned that the US would have to face up to “all the consequences.”
US and European businesses are reluctant to do trade with Iran over the fear of being penalized by Washington despite the nuclear agreement which requires countries to lift sanctions on Tehran.
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said last month Iran has its “own means to make them regret” their actions, but he didn’t elaborate.