Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran's Supreme National Security Council may study the nuclear deal instead of the country's parliament, said Iranian Vice President for Legal Affairs Elham Aminzadeh.
Whether this is expedient that the parliament ratifies the nuclear agreement is being studied by the Supreme National Security Council and the presidential office's legal department, Iran's ISNA news agency quoted Aminzadeh as saying.
"The law has obliged the government to submit the text of the nuclear pact to the parliament," she added.
"This means that there is no requirement for ratification. The parliament can approve or disapprove the agreement. Whether the parliament's decision would serve the interests of the country is under review," she added.
Referring to articles 77 and 125 of the Iranian Constitution, she said that the parliament should be 'informed' of international agreements. However, the law stipulates that there is no requirement for the parliament's ratification.
The parliament vice speaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar earlier said that if the Supreme National Security Council approves the nuclear pact and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorses it, the ratification of the parliament will not be required.
The parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on July 26 that the nuclear deal will be studied under the supervision of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
"Lawmakers should not be worried about that. All decisions which have been taken in this regard will be expedient and related reports will be presented to the parliament," Larijani said.
Iranian MPs have approved a proposal to form a special parliamentary commission to investigate the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5+ 1(US, Russia, China, France, UK, and Germany) in Vienna on July 14.
However the decision was criticized by some lawmakers.
Iranian conservative MPs have already opposed some parts of the nuclear deal, in particular maintaining military sanctions on the Islamic Republic under the deal.