Iranian Parliament’s national security and foreign policy commission has announced it is preparing a bill to cancel the Geneva nuclear agreement if new sanctions are imposed against Iran.
Hossein Taghavi Hosseini, the spokesperson for the commission, says 80 members have signed the bill, which states: “should the U.S. Congress pass a new sanction on Iran, we will nullify the Geneva agreement and continue on our course.”
The plan has not yet been submitted to the Board of Directors of the Islamic Council (Parliament). Previously, Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had said that if the commission were to approve the plan, then Parliament would not leave it unanswered.
According to the Geneva agreement reached last fall between Iran and the group of 5+1 nations, in return for delaying some of Iran's nuclear programs, some of the old sanctions against Iran would be lifted and some of its blocked assets would be freed as well, and plans for new sanctions against Iran would be held back. This agreement, which has already been renewed twice, is now extended to the end of June, and the two sides have expressed their expectation for a general political agreement by the Persian new year.
The goal of these negotiations is to arrive at a final solution for the global tensions that arise from Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Today, in an interview with the Etemad newspaper, Zarif said: "For different reasons such as pressure from groups inside the U.S. as well as outside of it, mustering political will is a very important subject, and we have not yet seen any signs of it in our counterpart."