Iranian MPs weighing deadline for receiving JCPOA guarantees

Tasnim– A group of Iranian lawmakers have drawn up a motion to set a deadline for Europe to provide guarantees that Tehran will enjoy benefits of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if the nuclear deal is to be saved after the US withdrawal earlier this month, an MP said.

Speaking to Tasnim, chairman of the Iranian parliament’s nuclear committee, Mojtaba Zulnoor, said more than 70 lawmakers have signed the motion that, if passed, would require the administration to take the necessary steps to increase the country’s uranium enrichment capacity to 190,000 Separative Work Units (SWUs) and resume the pre-JCPOA nuclear activities if it does not receive guarantees from Europe within a month.

The motion, to be tabled for debate at a Tuesday session of the parliament, would add a provision to a law that requires the administration to safeguard Iran’s achievements and nuclear rights, the lawmaker added.

According to a parliamentary law on Iran’s appropriate and retaliatory response to any breach of the JCPOA by the other parties, the administration will have to boost the country’s uranium enrichment capacity to 190,000 SWUs within two years.

On May 8, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the nuclear deal, which was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

In a speech on May 9, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei urged that any decision to keep the deal running without the US should be conditional on “practical guarantees” from the three European parties to the JCPOA.