Rouhani favors idea of parliament having approval for final nuke deal, MP says
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 16
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as well as Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are in favor of that the possible nuclear agreement should be approved by the country's parliament, the member of the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Esmail Kowsari said.
In their comments, in particular in closed sessions of the parliament Rouhani and Zarif have confirmed the necessity of the parliament approval for nuclear deal with the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) Kowsari added.
Kowsari made the comments while reacting to the reports that US President Barack Obama has consented to congressional oversight on a final nuclear agreement.
The US president earlier conceded that Congress will have the power to review a nuclear deal with Iran, reluctantly giving into pressure from Republicans and some in his own party after they crafted a rare compromise demanding a say.
The Islamic Republic constitution's 77 and 125 Articles underscore that any international agreement, treaties, protocols, contracts, and agreements needs parliament's approval, Kowsari said, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported April 16.
He further said that parliament is sensitive on the issue and the Iranian government can not violate that.
Earlier Ali Larijani, the Islamic Republic parliament speaker said there is no need for parliament approval if Iran and the P5+1 negotiators achieve a comprehensive nuclear deal.
In the Islamic Republic, the cases that are in the supervision of the Supreme National Security Council do not need the parliament's approval due to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei's permission, Larijani underscored.
Previously another Iranian conservative MP, Ahmad Tavakkoli wrote a letter to Rouhani, asserting the need of parliament approval for any nuclear deal which is a sign of increasing differences among Iranian politicians on the issue.
Iran and the P5+1 reached a framework agreement on Tehran's nuclear program on April 2.
The sides have decided to strike a comprehensive deal by July 1. The deal provisions the removal of all international sanctions on Iran and in return narrowing the range of the country's nuclear activities.
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