Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 6
By Umid Niayesh, Saeed Isayev - Trend:
Some 20 Iranian conservative hardline MPs have addressed a letter to Ezatollah Zarghami, the head of Iran's state radio and television broadcasting, asking for an opportunity to have air time on television, to talk about the Geneva nuclear deal before the public, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Feb. 6.
The MPs have argued that the deal has definitely undermined Iranian people's inalienable rights.
Iran and the P5+1 reached a nuclear agreement on Nov. 24. Iran has agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities for six months in return for sanctions relief. Both Iran and the P5+1 group have agreed to implement the agreement starting from Jan. 20.
Under the agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if it carries out the deal, which offers sanctions relief in exchange for steps to curb the Iranian nuclear program.
The MPs have criticized president Hassan Rouhani`s recent comments, when he called the Geneva deal critics "some illiterate people".
While speaking on Iran's nuclear deal on Feb. 4, Rouhani asked scholars to support Iran's nuclear negotiating efforts.
"Why people with low literacy speak their minds openly, while scholars only make comments in private?," Rouhani asked, urging scholars to speak freely.
National Security and Foreign Policy Parliamentary Commission (NSFP) Spokesman, Hossein Naghavi Hosseini is among the MPs who have signed the letter.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.