Iran's highest legislative body ratifies nuclear deal

2015-10-14 20:31
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Tehran - Iran's highest legislative body, the Council of Guardians, on Wednesday ratified the country's nuclear deal struck with six world powers in July, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

The deal had been approved by the parliament in Tehran on Tuesday despite opposition by hardliners.

The historic accord eased years of tensions between Tehran and the international community suspicious that its nuclear programme is geared to produce a bomb - an allegation Iran denies.

Wednesday's ratification means the agreement struck in Vienna on July 14 can be implemented once the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has submitted its final report in mid-December.

The deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was signed between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

It is to result in the lifting of sanctions on Iran once Tehran scales down its civilian nuclear programme and answers questions by the IAEA about a dozen suspect research and development projects that were conducted in the past.

Tehran also promised to allow IAEA inspectors access to its military facilities under certain circumstances.

The inspections of military facilities had been among the main points of contention in the long-running negotiations.

Hardliners in both Iran and the United States had threatened to derail the deal.

But last month US President Barack Obama secured enough votes in the Senate to ensure that the agreement with Iran cannot be blocked by Congress. Lawmakers have until September 17 to vote on it.

Sceptical members of Congress, including some in Obama's own party, say the deal's nuclear oversight measures do not go far enough and would allow Tehran to acquire a weapon once key provisions expire.

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