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Boroujerdi: US visa waiver program runs counter to context of JCPOA

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 27, IRNA -- Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Sunday that including Iran in the US visa waiver program runs counter to the context of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Sending a letter to the president of the European Parliament, and speakers of the French, British, German, Russian and Chinese parliaments, Boroujerdi said the act is in contradiction with the US commitments reaffirmed in the context of the JCPOA.

'I am willing to draw attention of Your Excellency to the new Act passed by the US Congress, the so-called visa waiver program; it is not only unfair and discriminatory in nature but also contradicts the US commitments per the JCPOA, signed by representatives of six governments, -- China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, the US, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Iran to settle longstanding nuclear dispute. The point becomes more important as we get closer to the implementation of the nuclear deal.'

'As head of Iranian Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, I am willing to voice my serious concern over visa restrictions imposed by the Act on those travelling to my country.'

He said that six governments have undertaken to implement the JCPOA in good faith and full confidence and in a constructive manner, avoiding any action that would not conform the context of JCPOA and the circumstances prior to such a high magnitude international agreement.

They have undertaken to refrain from imposing any other sanctions after finalization of the nuclear deal and the US Congress discriminatory act is blatant violation of the JCPOA, the lawmaker said adding that the US must honor its commitments to JCPOA in good faith and avoid passing acts by the legislature in contravention of Annex II which envisaged lifting the sanctions in the implementation stage.'

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