Rouhani orders implementation of nuclear deal

October 18, 2015

TEHRAN - President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday issued an order addressed to the Foreign Ministry and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to kick off the implementation of a recently passed law dubbed “Iranian Government's Reciprocal and Proportional Action in Implementing the JCPOA”.

In a letter to Rouhani earlier on Saturday, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani submitted the law to the president.

Iran’s 12-member Guardian Council ratified the bill to implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Wednesday, which had been approved one day earlier by the Iranian parliament.

The provisions of the bill set out certain obligations that the administration has to observe in the implementation of the JCPOA.

Article 1 of the bill forbids either the production or application of nuclear arms by the Iranian administration based on a fatwa issued by the Leader and obliges the executive branch to participate in international and regional efforts aimed at countering the threat of such weapons.

The remaining articles laid emphasis on, among other things, cooperation and mutual respect between the two sides of the agreement, the administration’s mindfulness of the other party’s potential failure in removing the sanctions or reversing them, and the prevention of access by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to military sites unless allowed by Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.

Iran and the 5+1 group (the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) agreed on the JCPOA in the Austrian capital Vienna on July 14.