Iran Approved Bill To Intensify Nuclear Activities, Identified Those Behind Fakhrizadeh’s Assassination

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Iran Approved Bill To Intensify Nuclear Activities, Identified Those Behind Fakhrizadeh's Assassination

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A bill obliging the government to increase the level of uranium enrichment has been approved in Iran.

On December 1, the Iranian Majlis (Parliament) approved the draft “Strategic measure to lift sanctions”, by which it obliged the authorities to abandon the IAEA Additional Protocol on verification of nuclear activities. They will be obliged to do it, if within two months from the entry into force of the bill, the parties of the Nuclear Deal do not fulfill their commitments and above all do not “eliminate the barriers to the export of oil and oil products”.

Initially, the authorities were given a month, but later the term was extended.

Iran Approved Bill To Intensify Nuclear Activities, Identified Those Behind Fakhrizadeh's Assassination

File: A general view of the parliament during the parliament session in Tehran, Iran. EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

On December 2, the bill was approved by the Guardian Council that is composed of 12 members – 6 faqihs (experts in Islamic Law) and 6 jurists specialized in different law areas. The Council has the authority to examine the compatibility of the legislation passed by Majlis with the criteria of the Constitution. Now the law is entering into power and must be handed over to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for implementation.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is opposite to a bill approved by parliament, saying it would be harmful to diplomatic efforts aimed at restoring the 2015 nuclear deal and easing U.S. sanctions.

“The government does not agree with the bill passed by the Parliament yesterday, and considers it to be detrimental to diplomatic efforts,” Rouhani said in a weekly cabinet session on December 2.

Rouhani expressed his belief that the situation will be different next year, once this war and maximum pressure is over.

The law obliges the authorities to produce at least 120 kg of uranium enriched to 20% per year.  Iran will have to put into operation one thousand additional centrifuges at the Natanz and Fordo nuclear facilities within a year. The bill also supposes the reconstruction of the Arak nuclear reactor.

Iran Approved Bill To Intensify Nuclear Activities, Identified Those Behind Fakhrizadeh's Assassination

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The consideration of the document was made after the assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on November 27.

On December 2, Spokesperson of the Government of Iran, Ali Rabei, stated that Iranian intelligence services had identified the people who organized the assassination of Iranian top nuclear physicist.

“The Intelligence Ministry has identified individuals linked with the assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh and all aspects of the case are under investigation,” Rabiei said, according to Mehr.

He added that the attack will be met with Iran’s proportionate response.

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