TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian lawmaker emphasized that the finalized draft of a comprehensive nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers, if ever reached, needs to be endorsed by the country’s parliament.
According to Iran’s Constitution, the entire deals, contracts and international agreements should be submitted to the country’s parliament for approval, Chairman of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi told YJC, a news agency affiliated with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, IRIB.
His comments come as Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) are in talks to hammer out a final deal to end a decade of impasse over Tehran’s peaceful nuclear energy program.
On November 24, 2013, Iran and the G5+1 (alternatively known as the P5+1 or E3+3) signed an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva.
The Geneva deal (the Joint Plan of Action) came into effect in January and expired in July, when the parties decided to extend negotiations until November 24 in the hope of clinching a final, comprehensive deal that would end a decade of impasse over Tehran’s peaceful nuclear energy program.
Back in April, another Iranian legislator, Mohammad Saleh Jokar, had announced that the country’s nuclear negotiators should not ink a final, long-awaited deal with the major world powers without the approval of Iran’s parliament.
“Before Iran’s negotiating delegates reach an agreement with the other side in the nuclear negotiations, the text of that deal should be discussed and approved by the society’s lawmakers and elites,” Jokar pointed out.
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