Iranian parliament passes bill threatening to boost uranium enrichment and suspend inspectors

Iran’s more moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, whose government has signed the 2015 nuclear agreement full of world powers, opposed the bill, arguing it would undermine diplomacy.

The Iranian government has repeatedly called on the United States to restore the agreement, which President Donald Trump resigned in 2018.

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The “Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions” parliamentary bill calls on European parties to the convention to lift sanctions on the country’s oil and banking sector by February, threatening to suspend nuclear oversight of the International Atomic Energy Agency and withdraw nuclear weapons. non-proliferation treaty. According to Iran’s state press conference.

The bill will also allow Iran to begin enriching uranium by 20%, well above the limits set in the nuclear deal if economic sanctions are not lifted.

The Iranian parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the bill, according to Press TV, with 251 out of 260 deputies voting in favor. The Iranian Guardianship Council subsequently ratified the bill on Wednesday, according to parliament’s mouthpiece, ICANA. The Guardian Council is a 12-member oversight body that reviews legislation passed by parliament.

At a television cabinet meeting prior to his ratification, Rouhani warned that if the bill became law, it would be detrimental to the diplomatic process aimed at reviving the nuclear pact.