Iranian MPs Urge Reaction to US, IAEA’s Breach of JCPOA
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A number of Iranian lawmakers, in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani, voiced their protest at the breach of the recent nuclear deal with six world powers, also known as the JCPOA, by the US and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Mohammad Javad Karimi Qoddousi, a member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said the letter has been signed by 50 MPs.
“The parliament and the members of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission are seriously pursuing cases of violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the part of the US and the IAEA,” he said, adding that the lawmakers want the country’s administration and diplomatic apparatus to firmly respond to such violations of commitments.
The senior parliamentarian went on to say that in the letter, the MPs have called on the Rouhani Administration to address four issues, including the recent report of IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, the IAEA Board of Governors’ resolution, and the recent approval of a bill by the US Congress to impose strict visa requirements for those travelling to Iran.
According to the bill, which was passed in the US House by 407 to 19 on December 8, visitors from the 38 “visa waiver” countries will need to obtain a visa to travel to the US if they have been to Syria, Iraq, Iran or Sudan in the past five years.
It means citizens of many EU countries and the rest of the 38 states participating in the program who travel to Iran either for business or visiting the country’s attractions will have to obtain a visa should they ever want to enter the US.
On Friday, US lawmakers sent Obama a huge tax and spending package, which also included reforms of the US visa waiver program. The president quickly signed it into law before leaving Washington for his annual holiday vacation.
Tehran and the Group 5+1 (also known as P5+1 or E3+3) on July 14 reached a conclusion over the text of JCPOA, a comprehensive 159-page deal on Tehran's nuclear program.
The nuclear deal would terminate all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran after coming into force.