Senior MP calls for removal of anti-Iran sanctions

esmayeel kosariTEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator called for complete removal of the unfair and unilateral sanctions imposed against Iran by the West.

“The West should immediately lift all unfair economic sanctions imposed on the country,” member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Esmayeel Kosari said on Monday.

He pointed to Iran’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in recent years, and said, “Many IAEA inspection teams and observers visited Iran’s nuclear sites but found no deviation in the country’s peaceful nuclear program.”

He called on the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) to pave the way for lifting all sanctions.

Last week, senior parliamentary officials in Tehran warned that they would reciprocate any new US Congress sanctions by requiring the Iranian government to annul the Geneva deal and speed up the country’s peaceful nuclear program.

“Any new decision by the US congress (to impose sanctions), which will of course be a violation of the Geneva agreement, will face the Iranian parliament’s serious reaction,” Chairman of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said.

We caution “the US congress not to do anything to make us require our government to cross over the accepted limitations that we have undertaken in the Geneva agreement and take a new step in our civilian peaceful nuclear activities”, he added.

Boroujerdi explained that the Iranian parliament was preparing a bill which requires the government to give up its Geneva undertakings and resume (the 20-percent grade) uranium enrichment and progress in nuclear technology.

More than 220 Iranian lawmakers prepared and signed the bill of a law on Monday which necessitates the government to speed up the country’s nuclear activities in case the US imposes any further sanctions on Tehran.

“The bill requires the government to annul the Geneva Interim agreement (inked by Iran and the world powers in November 2013) and resume all its nuclear activities in case of intensified US sanctions,” Chairman of the parliament’s Nuclear Committee Ebrahim Karkhaneyee told FNA.

“Based on the bill, removal of all sanctions at once is the Islamic Republic of Iran’s precondition for implementation of any (possible) comprehensive nuclear deal,” he added.

The motion came after the US congress (mostly grabbed by the Republicans) threatened to impose new sanctions against Iran, an issue which has been described as a redline by Tehran in the interim nuclear agreement reached with the world powers in November 2013.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani had earlier warned that the Iranian legislature would reciprocate any new US sanctions with intensifying nuclear activities, including enriching uranium to the 60% grade for industrial use.

In relevant remarks late January, Vice-Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabifard underlined that Tehran would revive and speed up its nuclear activities, including its enrichment program, in case the US refrains from removing all the sanctions against Iran under a final deal.

“The slightest measure by the US Congress to increase sanctions against Iran will oblige the Iranian parliament to take actions leading to progress of Iran’s nuclear goals and uranium enrichment for peaceful purposes,” Aboutorabifard said.

The 10th round of negotiations between Iran and the six world powers was held in Vienna from November 18 to 24, where the seven nations decided to extend the talks until July after they failed to strike an agreement.

The latest round of the nuclear talks between the two sides was held at the level of deputy foreign ministers in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 18.

The two sides decided to continue their talk early in February.

Both Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) negotiators have underlined that cutting a final deal before the July 10 deadline is possible.

By Fars News Agency