The Majles (Iran’s Parliament) in an open session on Sunday, 31st October approved the first reading of a bill, which is obliging the government to continue its nuclear activities and produce nuclear fuel. The Majles spokesman called the content of this bill as the legitimate right of Iran.
Meanwhile, Hamid-Reza Asefi, the Foreign Office spokesman said negotiations will continue and both sides are preparing a common plan to submit to the meeting on Friday 5th November in Paris.
******* The bill was passed by 248 votes. The total number of representatives in Majlis is 290 but not all of them were present at this session.
The bill will be discussed at the Majles committees and sub-committees before being presented for the second and final reading and approval. One of the main points of this bill is about Iran’s right to have the full cycle of nuclear fuel production. It emphasises the fact that having the full fuel cycle is an essential part of having nuclear technology.
Making Iran dependent on foreign sources for its fuel is in sharp contradiction with the context of Non Proliferation Treaty, the bill argues. It continues to say that the NPT does fully recognise the rights of its member states to produce their own fuel.
The bill is presented as a response to the European’s proposal on providing Iran with nuclear fuel, for peaceful purposes, in return for Iran’s unlimited suspension of it uranium enrichment.
“We kept the county’s doors open to the international inspectors in order to prove to the world that Iran is not seeking to make nuclear weapons…” said, Ala-Din Brojerdi the head of Majles committee on national security and foreign policy. But, he continued, “…we are not going to give up this very right of our nation.”
We have proven that we are transparent in our activities Abolfazl Kalhor, on of the members of parliament said. .” He added, we are no longer pursuing conflict and we are not after making nuclear weapons. He supported Ayatollah Khamenie’s stand on this issue who said in a recent speech that “unreasonable demands from Europe will force us to give up negotiations.
However, observers believe, Iran’s leadership does not intend closing the doors to negotiations. They are mindful of the fact that if the negotiations reach a deadlock the next step would be referring Iran to the UN Security Council.
Foreign ministry spokesman, Hamid-Reza Asefi, said on Monday that the negotiations will be continued. He added, the European proposals should be clear, precise and reasonable. We have clarified to them on what our ‘red lines’ are he said. He refused speculations about the European demand for a ten-year ban on Iran’s uranium enrichment and said, they have not mentioned any figure but have emphasised that uranium enrichment should be suspended, while negotiations are continuing. He added it is not clear for Iran what they mean by “while the negotiations are continuing.”