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Most MPs support Iran-P5+1 statement: Lawmaker

Iran Press TV

Tue Apr 7, 2015 1:47PM

The majority of parliamentarians in Iran's Majlis are pleased with the achievements made during the recent round of talks between Tehran and six powers over Tehran's nuclear program, a senior Iranian legislator says.

Behrouz Ne'mati, spokesman for the Majlis Presiding Board, told reporters on Tuesday that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi attended a closed-door Majlis session earlier in the day to address the concerns of lawmakers regarding Tehran's recent nuclear talks with the P5+1.

"The majority of MPs were content with the recent nuclear negotiations as well as the foreign minister's reports and the achievements made during the course of these talks."

Ne'mati further stated that Iranian lawmakers mainly expressed concern over the potential manipulation of the text of a final agreement that is to be reached between Tehran and the P5+1 – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany – by the end of June.

The MPs also voiced concerns about the assurances that the Western side should give with respect to the removal of anti-Iran sanctions all at once among other key points, including the heavy water reactor in Iran's central city of Arak.

In response to a question about the Iranian administration's plan to accept the additional protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) on a voluntary basis, Ne'mati stated that the issue will be put to debate and vote in Majlis if needed.

However, the administration is authorized to implement the protocol voluntarily, he added.

Top representatives from Iran and P5+1 group of countries along with officials from the European Union finally reached a mutual understanding on Tehran's nuclear program after eight days of marathon talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, last week.

The two sides are expected to start drafting a final accord on the issue which is expected to come until the end of June 2015.

Many countries and international organizations have hailed the Iran-P5+1 statement, with some calling it a big victory for proponents of diplomacy across the world.


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