Parl. must approve Iran’s signing to any protocol

TEHRAN, Jun. 23 (MNA) – Iranian senior official says any international agreement must go through legal channels and be approved by the Parliament before implementation.

Head of Expediency Council’s Strategic Research Center Ali Akbar Velayati made the remarks among reporters on the sidelines of his meeting with Syrian Minister of Interior Affairs Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar, on Tuesday.

He referred to the Parliament’s bill on preserving nuclear rights and achievements that was passed today, adding the Parliament must approve any instances of Iran’s becoming a party to any protocols, and that any international agreement needs the parliamentarians’ approval before it could be implemented.

Velayati also touched upon the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group of countries, saying the Islamic Republic fully supports the continuation of talks and hopes to expand its peaceful nuclear technology without any limitations and by preserving the country’s rights to nuclear energy.

During an open session of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) on Tuesday, Iranian lawmakers approved the details of a bill requiring the government to safeguard Iran’s nuclear rights in a possible nuclear deal with the 5+1.

Representatives from Iran and the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council as well as Germany are holding extensive talks to finalize the text of a possible deal over Tehran’s nuclear program by the end of June.

The two sides seek to strike a final deal based on the mutual understanding reached on the key parameters of such a deal in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday after a meeting with his British counterpart Philip Hammond in Luxembourg that the talks on Tehran’s nuclear program may continue ‘a few days’ after the deadline, saying however, that the two sides have shown the needed political commitment, which he said is the most important precondition for reaching the agreement.

By Mehr News Agency