Iran Parliament Ratifies the Nuclear Deal

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TEHRAN: Iran parliament approved a historic nuclear deal with the world powers on Tuesday on a conditional basis. The agreement is officially known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was passed with 161 votes in favour, 59 against and with 13 abstentions, the official IRNA news agency and other media said.

The nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers was struck on July 14 after almost two years of diplomacy. Members of the US Congress failed in September to torpedo the deal. However, the scene of clashes over the deal occurred at Sunday parliament. Tuesday’s motion, titled “Iran’s Plan for Reciprocal and Proper Action in Implementing JCPOA” allows the government to proceed, IRNA reported.

Iranian officials have said sanctions should be lifted by the end of the year or January 2016 at the latest. However Iran also has to satisfy the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog, of the exclusively peaceful nature of its atomic programme.

The IAEA faces a December 15 reporting deadline to resolve what it had termed “ambiguities” over Iran’s past nuclear activities.

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