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Iran MPs to make “constructive” study of nuclear deal: Larijani

LarijaniIran’s conservative-dominated parliament wants Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to brief it on a nuclear deal he negotiated with world powers and will examine the agreement in a “constructive spirit”, official media reported on Wednesday.

Under the accord announced on Tuesday, international sanctions will be lifted in exchange for Iran agreeing to long-term curbs on a nuclear programme that the West and Israel have suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.

Iran says its programme is for civilian purposes only.

Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said members of the assembly would scrutinise the deal`s text and annexes from both legal and technical aspects, the official IRNA news agency reported.

“The MPs will look into the deal with a positive and constructive approach,” he was quoted as saying.

“We will invite the foreign minister soon to tell us more about the talks and the deal.”

While it is Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who has the last word on matters of state, any discussion in the assembly will shed light on sentiment inside the political establishment about the historic agreement.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Khamenei, was quoted by the Fars news agency on July 10 as saying any deal reached in Vienna would be preliminary and should be approved by the National Security Council and later by Khamenei.

The parliament, alongside elements of the judiciary, armed forces and clerical establishment, strongly opposed making any meaningful concessions in the marathon negotiations, and is expected to seize on any perceived abuses by U.N. inspectors or Western powers in the coming months.

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