Nuclear agreement document submitted to Parliament

[original article in Khabar Online]

Abdollah Ahmadi: After twelve years of talks, and more recently in the past twenty months, the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 lead to an agreement at the Palais Coburg in Vienna with the final text titled: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA).

The nuclear negotiations have been discussed for the past several months within Iran’s parliament. Political parties, members of parliament, and representatives have repeatedly met and shared their views on the matter. Simultaneously, some members within the political and media communities have been opposed to the negotiations and the agreement. However, the majority of members of parliament view the achievement of this agreement as a successful step towards proving the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic becoming a country with nuclear technology.

Before this agreement was made, some of those aforementioned opponents should have changed their position or have kept quiet, because now the majority of them have no option but to follow and support the lead of their Supreme Leader and the negotiating team – who worked tirelessly on reaching a deal. However, there are still those who are opposed to this deal. Even after the Supreme Leader spoke about the possible visits to the ambassadors of the Islamic countries and reiterating the importance of unity during his speech on the last day of Ramadan (Eid al-Fitr), the media came out with headlines like: “worse than a bad deal” and “America squeezed the trigger.” In addition, some in Parliament did not curb their opposition either, and they opposed the UN Security Council resolution.

The text of this agreement was submitted to the Iranian Parliament by Mohammad Javad Zarif on July 21st for their review. The parliament must be cognizant of the government’s requirements for this deal along with maintaining the legalities of this agreement and their achievements while reviewing and confirming the JCPA before the UN Security Council resolution is implemented.

Representatives have expressed their appreciation and support for the negotiating team and have stated that the overall view of the parliament is the same as the governments, and it is appears that those who are opposed are in the minority. This was confirmed when Mr. Zarif visited Parliament on July 21st and stated that no one can say that Iran surrendered, the red lines that Iran set during the negotiations were agreed upon. Then, Ali Akbar Salehi, who took to the podium after Zarif to answer questions from Speaker Larijani, discussed the technical aspects of the agreement. By the end of the meeting, some representatives believed the overall approach of the Parliament is positive, and many of the concerns of the members were addressed to their satisfaction, and now the text of the agreement will be under review by a special committee and there’s nothing to worry about.

Although it appears to be likely that the members of the special committee will be those individuals who proposed to have a special committee. Now we have to wait and see what Parliament, along with their special committee, decides on the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1, and whether or not they will approve it.

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