Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 10
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
The US lawmakers have recently introduced several bills including the HR158 which are all aimed at killing a nuclear deal reached between Iran and the world major powers in July 2015, Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani said, IRNA news agency reported Jan. 10.
Larijani has said that amendments to the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP) violate the nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action/JCPOA) reached between Tehran and the world powers in July 2015 to settle out Tehran's nuclear issue.
The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of about 38 countries, mostly European, to travel to the United States for tourism, business, or while in transit for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa. The amendment to the program imposes restrictions on foreigners who intend to visit the US.
Under the new bill, HR158, citizens of many EU countries as well as others, including Japan and Australia, who travel to Iran for business or other purposes, will have to obtain a visa if they wish to visit the US.
If the US government does not stop the implementation of those bills, Iranian lawmakers will propose legislation to encounter the US bills, Larijani added.
According to the July nuclear deal, financial sanctions imposed by the West against Iran, its banking system and industry over Tehran's nuclear program, are expected to be lifted in return for scaling down the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
However, many Iranians argue that the legislation contradicts the Article 29 of the nuclear deal which states "the EU and its Member States and the United States, consistent with their respective laws, will refrain from any policy specifically intended to directly and adversely affect the normalization of trade and economic relations with Iran inconsistent with their commitments not to undermine the successful implementation of this JCPOA."