EC secretary: Parliament’s green light guarantees JCPOA implementation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezayee said the parliament’s green light to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will strengthen its implementation.

“It is good for the future history of Iran to have the Parliament review the endorsed agreement,” Rezayee said in a televised program on Saturday.

He explained that in case the views of the Parliament and the Supreme National Security Council on the adoption of the nuclear agreement are different, the involvement of leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei will leave nothing unsettled.

On August 16, the Iranian legislators in a statement underlined that the implementation of a recent nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world powers would have no legal grounds if it does not receive the approval of the Parliament and the Guardian Council first.

In their statement, the lawmakers appreciated the Iranian team of nuclear negotiators for their efforts, but meantime, said that based on the Constitution, the JCPOA should be scrutinized by the parliament and all relevant bodies are required to present information and cooperate with the legislative body in this regard.

They added that the government should present the JCPOA to the parliament in the form of a bill as soon as possible.

“Any voluntary measure and implementation of the agreement in any form – irrespective of the fact that it will be for temporary period or for good – doesn’t have any legal ground before the parliament and the Guardian Council’s approval,” the lawmakers underscored.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) reached an agreement in Vienna on July 14 to end 13 years of nuclear standoff.

A few days after the attainment of the nuclear agreement, Chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security Sub-Committee Mohammad Reza Mohseni Sani told FNA that “the government and parliament should study the text (of the agreement) precisely”.

But later some officials said that approval of the JCPOA by the parliament will turn it into a law in Iran and binding for any future government, which won’t be to the benefit of the country if the other side doesn’t meet its undertakings.

By Fars News Agency