TEHRAN (Iran News) – Cessation of Additional Protocol a Strategic Message. One day after the agreement between Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi, the majority of lawmakers in Iran’s Majlis (parliament) strongly opposed the agreement due to its differences both in text and content with the law which had been approved by Majlis and accused the government of bypassing the law.
This message of Majlis is the indicator of two important points: First, Majlis is determined on the gradual pull out of the JCPOA commitments and it moves step by step and the second is that this Majlis is totally different from the previous Majlises and wherever the government performs above the law or violates it either in the nuclear or even in non-clear issues and implements its own taste, it will not condone.
The majority of lawmakers believe that the government has ignored the Strategic Action Plan law regarding the removal of sanctions which was approved in Majlis and forced the government to implement it as of February 23 as the law forbids the voluntary implementation of additional protocol of the IAEA. Some 200 lawmakers on Wednesday, February 22 in a letter to the Judiciary Chief lodged a complaint against President Hassan Rouhani, Head of AEOI Mr. Salehi, and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and called for the annulment of the agreement between Iran and the IAEA.
Lawmakers interpreted this agreement as a violation of the law that they had approved and reported the offenders of the agreement, namely the President and other government officials, to the Judiciary. After the Sunday, February 21 agreement between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Grossi on the IAEA’s inspection of Iran’s nuclear program and the day after it, Majlis convened a closed session and the outcome of the meeting was to report the above-mentioned people and offenders to the Judiciary but in reaction to these measures and Majlis’s strong stand, on Tuesday evening and by issuing a statement regarding Majlis opposition and dispute over the agreement with the IAEA, the government stipulated that this agreement was fully in compliance with the Supreme National Security Council of Iran (SNSC) approval and it is for reducing the cost of the law and is a strategic action. The government statement has called Majlis efforts for annulment of agreement with the IAEA an irrational decision and against the national security and also a “regrettable” one.
The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has emphasized that if Majlis insists on annulling the agreement with the IAEA, it should also accept all consequent responsibilities against the public and it should be accountable for all the consequent costs. The government’s emphasis on the SNSC has an important significance that it follows the following intentions of the two sides: one is Majlis which pursues the strong demand of the public and is eager to confront strongly with the offenders of the JCPOA either the U.S. or Europe which have not taken any effective measures in implementing the JCPOA, and the other side is the government which still looks optimistically to the Western diplomacy system and insists that it has provided appropriate and required time for the Western side to get past the smear campaign of the Zionists so that U.S. President Joe Biden and European sides can swallow Iran’s conditions and scale back from the Western norms and welcome their return to the JCPOA with offering a logical proposal.
That Majlis from the view of the law considers the issue and that the SNSC with paying some attention to the government’s demand for using its diplomatic capacity can be considered both in the same line and can pave both the U.S. and Europe’s path.
But this remark is very crystal clear and rightly that the Western side has not been committed to its JCPOA obligations and this lack of commitment has caused irreparable damages like a waste of seven years of people’s time with having a hopeful look at the JCPOA, and ultimately with empty hands and no result. By the way, this has happened while the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has closed down the whole nuclear industry by pouring cement under the JCPOA commitment and has fully disarmed Iran in this regard.
On Monday, February 22, Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mojtaba Zonnouri during the open session of Majlis and during reviewing the joint statement of IAEA and AEOI criticized it from this view that he questioned, “Is it expected Majlis only to approve laws that are not to be implemented?”
Regardless of the difference in the way and timing of implementation of Iran’s gradual voluntary stopping implementation of the Additional Protocol, Spokesman for the United States Department of State Ned Price on Monday evening has said that if Iran returns to full compliance with the deal, the United States would be prepared to do the same. The spokesman in his press briefing has claimed that Iran’s action is to move further away from its JCPOA commitments and expressed his concerns.
It is very clear that since January when Joe Biden has taken the helm of the foreign policy in the White House, this delusion has been shaped in his mind that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran may be influenced by the media pressure and Western smear campaigns, and it is forced to sit at the negotiation table for adding more obligations to its former JCPOA commitments. And unfortunately, they try to show this demand as a legitimate one and they think that the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution who has always held the helm of the national foreign policy in his hands would this time retreat his words and show flexibility in a condition that the Islamic Republic has put behind at least 65 to 75 percent of hardships of the effective pressures of sanctions and with little more resistance it will be able fully and innovatively to overcome sanctions.
In fact, the ball is on the other side’s court. Iran today has passed the level of uranium enrichment to 20 percent purity and will continue its path for self-sufficiency for its needs in this field. Therefore, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran will be, for a short time, obliged to obey Majlis’s demand which is the Leader, and the public’s demand, too, is facing the stubbornness of the West. So Iran’s path will have an articulated definition and the West will have no way but to backtrack from its irrationality and pertinacity.
- source : IRAN NEWS