Lawmaker: Geneva deal cracked wall of sanctions
A senior Iranian lawmaker says the recognition of Iran's right to uranium enrichment has loosened the grip of sanctions against the country, Press TV reported.
"The basis of the [UN] Security Council resolutions was prohibition of enrichment, but when our enrichment was approved, it means that the pillars of the resolutions are shaky today, the wall of sanctions has cracked and the sanctions are on a downward course," Chairman of Iran's Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Wednesday.
Speaking after a briefing by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the parliament, Boroujerdi hailed the performance of Iran's nuclear negotiators in the recent talks held in Geneva for shedding light on the peaceful nature of the country's nuclear energy program.
The lawmaker also called for unity and accord for the Iranian nation to be able to defend its nuclear rights.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- the United States, Britain, Russia, France and China -- plus Germany, sealed an interim deal in Geneva on November 24 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program.
In the Geneva deal, the Sextet has agreed to several measures including enabling the repatriation of an agreed amount of Iranian revenues held abroad and suspending the EU and US sanctions on insurance and transportation of Iran's crude.
The EU and US sanctions on Iran's petrochemical export, gold and precious metals and auto industry as well as the supply of spare parts for the Iranian airplanes would also be suspended.