TEHRAN – More than 200 Iranian MPs have presented a draft bill to the Majlis Presiding Board which obliges the government to enrich uranium up to a purity of 60 percent if the U.S. Senate approves new sanctions against Iran, the Iranian media reported on Sunday.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) clinched a landmark deal in Geneva on November 24 according to which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program for six months in exchange for modest sanctions relief. The agreement is designed to provide time to negotiate a comprehensive deal to help resolve Iran’s nuclear issue. One provision of the deal prohibits new sanctions on Iran.
President Barack Obama has asked the Senate not to impose additional sanctions while his administration and five other governments are negotiating with Iran on a permanent settlement of the nuclear issue.
“The lawmakers are completely serious to study and approve this bill,” Ismail Kowsari, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told the Mehr News Agency on Sunday.
“We do not trust the Western side; therefore, we will adopt this bill to notify the government and the negotiation team that they should continue the talks based on this law,” he added.
The draft bill was crafted after a group of U.S. senators prepared a new bill that includes “prospective sanctions” that expand economic and financial restrictions on Iran’s energy and banking sectors.
In an interview with the TIME magazine on December 10, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that any new sanctions passed by the United States Congress would kill the deal.
MP Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, the spokesman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, had previously said that the draft bill has been crafted in order to give the Iranian nuclear negotiating team the upper hand.
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