Iranian Prez calls for suspension of UN nuke inspections

Tehran, May. 27, 2020 (Xinhua) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the opening session of Iran’s new parliament in Tehran, Iran, on May 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz/IANS)

Tehran, Dec 2 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday criticized a Parliament’s Bill calling for suspension of UN inspections of the country’s nuclear facilities, IRNA news agency reported.

“The government does not agree with the Bill passed by the Parliament yesterday,” Rouhani was quoted as saying.

“It would be detrimental to diplomatic efforts,” he added.

A day earlier, the Iranian Parliament passed a Bill which urges the government of Rouhani to stop UN nuclear watchdog’s inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities, Xinhua reported.

It also calls for a boost in Iran’s uranium enrichment in case the European signatories to the 2015 nuclear agreement, namely Britain, France and Germany, fail to protect Iran’s interests amid US energy and banking sanctions.

The Bill falls short of an approval of Iran’s Guardian Council of Constitution to become a law.

Tuesday’s move by Iran’s Parliament is a reaction to the recent assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh near the capital Tehran.

The Iranian government suspected that the assassination was performed by Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency. Israel has so far neither confirmed nor denied the allegation.

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