IRAN’S parliament voted yesterday to support implementing a landmark nuclear deal struck with world powers despite hard-line attempts to derail the bill, suggesting the historic accord will be carried out.
Vice-President and Head of Management and Planning Organization of Iran Mohammad Bagher Nobakht met and talked with Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tehran on Tuesday.
Earnest also answered questions about Syria, Russia.
In the wake of nuclear deal, Iran has hosted high-ranking officials and corporate executives of major energy companies from Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy, Japan, and France.
“According to the supreme leader’s religious decree, no government in Iran has the right to produce or use nuclear weapons and the government must actively follow global disarmament policy”, the parliamentary bill said, referring to Iran’s top authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Nevertheless, he maintained with a straight face that “this is altogether separate from the nuclear agreement that Iran reached with the rest of the world”.
State television froze its live video coverage of Sunday’s debate as tempers frayed. And as long as Iran has Russian Federation and China running interference for them on the Security Council, the chances of a successful challenge to Iranian cheating will be nil.
The bill requires the Iranian government to work toward the nuclear disarmament of Israel, which has the region’s sole, if undeclared, nuclear arsenal.
“It’s deeply concerning that this latest violation does appear to be a violation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1929, and we’ll obviously raise this at the Security Council as we have done with previous launches”, State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.
The deal hammered out in July between Iran and the world powers after marathon negotiations places limits on Iran’s nuclear efforts and gradually reduces nuclear-related economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Despite the victory, Rouhani and his allies still face challenging times ahead. It didn’t disclose the location but said it was 1,600 feet underground. The broadcast said the facility is one of hundreds of underground missile bases around the country.
On the missile testing, Mr. Earnest said, “Unfortunately, that’s not new”.
WASHINGTON, United States-The White House said Tuesday that Iran likely breached a UN Security Council resolution when it tested a long-range ballistic missile, raising the prospect of recriminations.