Iran’s Parliament Votes To Support a Bill Approving Nuclear Deal

auopIran’s parliament vote overwhelmingly to approve a bill that supports the implementation of a nuclear agreement that Iran reached with six other world powers on July 14th, state run IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

The full nuclear agreement, known as the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA), was passed in Iran’s parliament on Tuesday with 161 approval votes, 59 against, and 13 abstentions.

The agreement places strict restrictions on Iran’s controversial nuclear program in exchange for the gradual lifting of sanctions that has crippled the Iranian economy over the past several years and isolated Iran from world financial markets.

Last month, Democrats supported President Obama and blocked a Republican resolution to reject the nuclear agreement.

The approval vote in Iran’s parliament on Tuesday is seen as a victory for Iran’s government which overcame resistance from conservative hardliners that are skeptical of the agreement after 2 years of negotiations with world powers.

However, there remains a hole in the bill since it requires that international inspections of military sites should receive approval from a top Iranian security body which opens up the door for further disagreements.

-John Schweitzer

 

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