Iran says nuclear deal should be approved or rejected without modifications
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 21
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Iran and the P5+1 in Vienna should be approved or rejected just in generalities, said senior Iranian nuclear negotiator and deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi.
The nuclear deal will be reviewed either by the Supreme National Security Council or by the parliament, he said, adding that each of the two entities can legally approve or reject the deal in general and are not allowed to modify it, Araqchi said, Iran's state TV reported.
"If generalities of the deal are rejected, we should return to the negotiating table," he said.
The UN Security Council on July 20 unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the JCPOA reached between Iran and the P5+1 on non-proliferation.
Meanwhile, commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Mohammad-Ali Jafari, hours before the resolution approval described as void any resolution in contravention of Iran's red lines.
"Any resolution that would be in contradiction to our country's red lines will have no validity," Jafari said.
"Some of the points inserted in the draft resolution are clearly in contradiction to the Islamic Republic of Iran's major red lines and violate them, particularly regarding Iran's arms capabilities, and we'll never accept it."
The commander recommended the UNSC not to "waste its time" passing a resolution that violates Iran's red lines.
However, Araqchi hailed the UN resolution, saying, "This resolution is a unique resolution in the history of the United Nations, because contrary to other six previously resolutions of the UN, it will not consider Iran's peaceful nuclear activities as a threat to the global peace."
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared before the parliament on July 21 to brief lawmakers on the outcome of nuclear negotiations in Vienna.
On July 14, Iran and the P5+1 group of countries - the US, the UK, Germany, France, China, and Russia - reached an agreement over Tehran's nuclear program.
Based on the agreement, Iran and the six powers agreed that all economic and financial sanctions against Iran will be removed through a Security Council resolution.