Iran’s Parl advances Invoice to cease nuclear inspections

Tehran, December 1

Iran’s Parliament on Tuesday advanced a Bill that would end UN inspections of its nuclear facilities and require the government to boost its uranium enrichment if European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal do not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions.

About the Bill

  • The Bill will give European countries three months to ease sanctions on Iran’s key oil and gas sector, and to restore its access to the international

    banking system.

  • The Bill will allow the authorities resume enriching uranium to 20 per cent, which is below the threshold needed for nuclear weapons, but higher than that required for civilian applications.

The vote to debate the Bill, which would need to pass through several other stages before becoming a law, was a show of defiance after the killing of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist last month.

The official IRNA news agency said 251 lawmakers in the 290-seat chamber voted in favour, after which many began chanting “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!”.

The Bill will commission new centrifuges at nuclear facilities at Natanz and the underground Fordo site. It will require another parliamentary vote to pass as well as approval by the Guardian Council, a constitutional watchdog. — AP

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