Iranian parliament approves amended version of nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. 

( The Iranian parliament, in a 161-59 vote with 13 abstentions, approved an amended version of July's nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 world powers.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the vote a “historic decision,” and the bill now moves to the Guardian Council, a clerical body dominated by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

But according to reports, the bill passed by the parliament, known as the Majlis, stipulates that international inspectors would only have limited access to nuclear sites.

Furthermore, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reports that the Iranian parliament did not pass the actual Irani nuclear deal—or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—but rather an amended version that includes new demands on sanctions removal.

According to the MEMRI report, paragraph 3 of the Iranian decision states that "the government will monitor any non-performance by the other party [to the agreement] in the matter of failing to lift the sanctions, or restoring the canceled sanctions, or imposing sanctions for any another reason, and will take steps to actualize the rights of the Iranian nation and to terminate the voluntary cooperation...and to handle the rapid expansion of the Iranian nuclear program for peaceful purposes, so that within two years the enrichment potential in Iran will reach 190,000 SWU."

MEMRI explained that since the JCPOA stipulates that U.S. sanctions will be suspended rather than cancelled, so that they could be snapped back in case Iran violates the terms of the deal, "It follows that the Majlis decision constitutes ratification of a nonexistent document. It was not a ratification of the JCPOA as it stands, but rather of additional demands made by Iran after the JCPOA was agreed upon on July 14, 2015 in Vienna." 

Posted on October 14, 2015 .