Iran’s parliament must approve possible Nuke agreement
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 2
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Any international agreement, including possible agreement on the nuclear issue should be approved by the Islamic Republic parliament, Ahmad Tavakkoli, an Iranian conservative lawmaker said.
In a letter to President Hassan Rouhani, the MP has emphasized that if outcome of the ongoing nuclear talks brings commitments to Iran it should be approved by parliament.
The outcome of the talks even if comes under the name of joint statement or other similar names will need parliament approval in the case of including commitments, the senior MP said, Iran's Mehr news agency reported April 2.
Iran and the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are negotiating in Lausanne, Switzerland to achieve a comprehensive agreement on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program by July 1.
They were to reach a political understanding by March 31, but the negotiators decided to continue their talks on April 1. The talks extended to April 2 after the parties failed to achieve an agreement.
Iranian side says that the parties will issue a "joint statement" but there will be no agreement at the end of the ongoing talks, if they reach a conclusion on the all disputed issues.
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 parliament approval due to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei's permission.
Meanwhile Larijani says that the possible nuclear agreement would not face any problem in Iran in this regard, Tavakkoli's letter to Rouhani indicates that differences on the issue still remain.
Tavakkoli has referred to the Islamic Republic constitution's Article 77 which reads "international treaties, protocols, contracts, and agreements must be approved by the Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliament)."
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