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Iran toughens stance on nuclear checks after Fakhrizade’s assassination
Iranian parliament passed a law requiring the international community to lift or partially lift sanctions against Tehran
The Iranian parliament on Tuesday passed a law suspending inspections of the country’s nuclear facilities by the relevant United Nations agencies until the international community lifts sanctions against the Iranian oil and banking sectors.
The law passed by parliament also requires the Iranian government to increase the level of uranium enrichment in the event that the European countries that signed the nuclear deal in 2015 fail to ease sanctions against Tehran..
The law was passed in response to the assassination of leading Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on Friday. The law must also be approved by the higher authorities of Iran – the Guardian Council of the Constitution and the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. After voting in support of the bill, parliamentarians began to chant: “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”.
A little later, parliamentarians approved the final bill, according to which the European countries, Russia and China have one month to ease sanctions on the Iranian energy sector and restore Tehran’s access to the global banking system..
The United States imposed sanctions on Iran after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal in 2018, leading to a deterioration in relations between the two countries. Iranian lawmakers pushed for a more confrontational approach after the US pulled out of the agreement. The bill was first proposed in August, but was passed only after the assassination of Fakhrizadeh.
Fakhrizadeh led a program that Israel and Western countries see as a military operation to explore the possibility of creating nuclear weapons. Iran insists that its nuclear program continues exclusively for peaceful purposes. Tehran accused Israel of killing Fakhrizadeh. Jerusalem declined to comment. At the moment, no one has claimed responsibility for the scientist’s murder..
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