AEOI Spokesman: Iranian Parliament's Law on Sanctions Removal Helping Nuclear Industry
TEHRAN (FNA)- Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Tuesday that a legislation approved by parliament to lift the sanctions gives AEOI a good opportunity to review, rebuild and update its technical-production capacities.
Kamalvandi made the remarks in a meeting in the Iranian parliament while reporting on the progress of the implementation of the law "Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions and Protect Rights of the People".
"The parliament's piece of legislation gives Iran nuclear agency a valuable opportunity to review, rebuild and update its technical-production capacities," he said.
The parliament's piece of legislation dubbed "Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions and Protect Rights of the People" was approved in December amid the continued indifference of the JCPOA participants to the illegal US sanctions against Tehran.
It was decided during the parliamentary meeting that the Parliament's nuclear committee and the technical committee to follow up on the progress on the implementation of the parliament's legislation and report the results of their research to the lawmakers.
In a relevant developent in mid-May, the Iranian parliamentarians in a statement underscored the need for Washington to lift all sanctions imposed against Iran before Tehran reverses its modified nuclear deal commitments.
“Simultaneous with the Vienna meetings, the parliament emphasizes the policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the necessity for a real removal of all sanctions and its precise verification as the main condition for Iran's adherence to its nuclear undertakings, and underlines that the the truthful economic benefit of the Iranian people sets the criterion for assessing and accepting the results of talks between Iran and other nuclear deal member states,” the statement said.
“Therefore, the parliament does not accept any division and categorization of sanctions that would lead to maintaining a part of the economic pressures against the Iranian people and preventing economic benefits or disrupting them and seriously calls for complete, verifiable and irreversible lifting of sanctions which act as the US weapon, and believes that a partial removal of sanctions would be equal to the remaining of all sanctions, and accepting the remaining of a number of sanctions would mean an endorsement of their legitimacy,” it added.
The statement stressed that in order to achieve this goal, the parliament will monitor this process with special care and diligence in accordance with the Article 7 of ‘the Law on Strategic Action to Lift Sanctions and Protect the Interests of the Iranian Nation’.
“The Vienna meetings showed that the US and Europe do not yet have a serious will to lift all sanctions as they further seek to impose an agreement on Iran that would put further restrictions on its nuclear operations and pave the way for regional and defense talks,” it added.
The lawmakers said that the parliament insists on preserving and safeguarding the nuclear achievements of the country's scientists given the excessive demands of the US and other western countries, including halting research and development activities and destroying the new generation centrifuges.
The statement noted that the Law for Strategic Action to Lift Sanctions has revolutionized the nuclear program and played an important role in the trend of talks on lifting the sanctions, and said, “Therefore, it is necessary for the government to rapidly implement all the technical provisions of this law, including launching of the uranium metal plant, the legal deadline for its operation has expired in accordance with the Article 4 (of the Law).”
The Iranian legislators also called on the government to seriously deal with the western side in Vienna talks and terminate implementation of the agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the Additional Protocol to the NPT, given the fact that the deadline for reaching an agreement with the Group 4+1 (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany) in Vienna talks would arrive in the next few days.