Iran’s former president Hassan Rouhani and the former head of the Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi (file photo)

Iran’s former president Hassan Rouhani and the former head of the Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi

Former President Accused Of Ignoring Law To Curb Iran’s Nuclear Commitments

6/15/2022

The Iranian parliament has accused the former president and former head of the Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) of refusing to implement legislation for reducing Iran's JCPOA commitments.

The Article 90 Committee -- a parliamentary body mandated by the Constitution to pursue complaints concerning the work of government institutions -- presented a report on Wednesday, claiming that Hassan Rouhani and Ali Akbar Salehi deliberately ignored a December 2020 legislation entitled "Strategic Action To Eliminate Sanctions and Defend Iranian Nation's Interests.”

Touted as putting a clear legal responsibility on the government to escalate the nuclear crisis, the law was aimed at boosting uranium enrichment and restricting international nuclear inspections, if JCPOA signatories did not scrap all sanctions on Iran, including those related to human rights.

The committee said that since the refusal of these two former officials to implement the law on several occasions has been proven, the case will be "sent to the judicial authorities".

Former president Rouhani and his ministers have been threatened before with prosecution for a host of alleged mistakes and shortcomings by hardliners dominating the parliament.

The parliament passed the legislation following the assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, arguing that Iran had gained nothing from the 2015 deal and even blamed it for the assassination.

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