Iran’s Zarif briefs influential parliamentary commission on Lausanne statement

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is also the country’s chief nuclear negotiator, briefed members of an influential parliamentary commission over details of a framework agreement with world powers on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, the rapporteur for the parliament’s national security and foreign policy commission, told Tasnim that during the Sunday session, Foreign Minister Zarif hinted at the “unreliable” nature of the US throughout the whole stages of negotiations.

The session was held after Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on March 2 reached a framework agreement on Tehran’s civilian nuclear program after more than a week of intensive negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland, with both sides committed to push for a final, comprehensive accord until the end of June.

According to Naqavi Hosseini, Zarif once again made it clear that the whole sanctions the UN Security Council had previously imposed on Iran will be entirely annulled immediately after a new resolution is passed as a result of the final, comprehensive deal.

“If a deal is reached, the case will be referred to the United Nations Security Council which will approve the resolution under the Article 41 of Chapter 7 that annuls all previous resolutions,” the MP quoted Zarif as saying, noting that all those happen before the parties even begin to implement the comprehensive agreement.

After the parties to the deal start to meet their commitments, the EU sanction will be terminated and application of the US secondary sanctions will be ceased, since termination of the latter will require the US Congress ratification, Zarif has reportedly explained.

According to the Lausanne statement, “the EU will terminate the implementation of all nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions and the US will cease the application of all nuclear-related secondary economic and financial sanctions, simultaneously with the IAEA-verified implementation by Iran of its key nuclear commitments.”

By Tasnim News Agency