Parliament committee prepares triple-urgency motion to counter US hostile measures
The Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy has submitted a triple-urgency motion to the legislature to counter the United States’ hostile campaign aimed at renewing all United Nations sanctions against Iran.
If the US manages to unilaterally activate the snapback mechanism against the Islamic Republic, the motion will oblige the government to take reciprocal measures such as lifting the restrictions placed on the Iranian nuclear program by the 2015 multilateral; accord, named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Mojtaba Zonnour, who chairs the committee, said on Tuesday, Press TV reported.
In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Pompeo claimed that the European signatories to the JCPOA – Britain, France and Germany – agree with the US that the deal is “a bad idea” and said he was “confident” that the “United States will be successful in a week, the snapback will have taken effect.”
In response to Pompeo’s claims, the senior Iranian lawmaker said, “Remarks by officials of the United States have no legal basis and given the mechanism set out in the JCPOA, they cannot take such an action.”
“If the US seeks to carry out a measure to trigger the snapback mechanism or extend an arms embargo against Iran, the Islamic Republic will not remain silent,” Zonnour pointed out.
He noted that if the Parliament passes the motion, the Iranian government would be allowed to enrich as much uranium as needed for peaceful activities, enrich uranium up to a level of 90,000 separative work units (SWUs) for nuclear fuel production and produce, stockpile and sell an unlimited amount of heavy water.
The government would also be allowed to stop the implementation of the Additional Protocol that Iran has voluntarily accepted based on the JCPOA, he said.
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday that 1,044 centrifuges are currently operating at Fordow uranium enrichment site as an evidence to the fact that the country has taken in full the fourth step it had promised to reduce its commitments under the JCPOA.