Wednesday December 09, 2020
Iran’s president is hoping for Biden
Ruhani delays controversial nuclear law
The dispute in Iran over the nuclear program plunges the country into a government crisis. President Ruhani refuses to implement the parliamentary exit from the nuclear deal with foreign countries.
In Iran, the government’s dispute with parliament is escalating over the new nuclear law, which violates the Vienna nuclear agreement in all respects, which was intended to prevent Iran from launching a nuclear weapons program. President Hassan Ruhani should forward the law already passed by parliament to the authorities within a five-day period. “That did not happen and the deadline has now expired,” said Parliament President Mohammed Bagher Ghalibaf, according to the local media.
In purely legal terms, Ghalibaf could pass the law on for implementation without Ruhani’s consent. But that would be a novelty in Iranian domestic politics and it is unclear what exactly will happen now. Observers believe that the ultimate leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, will speak a word of power and make a decision.
The atomic law was passed by the hardliners and Ruhani opponents in parliament. According to this, the Iranian nuclear organization is to produce and store 120 kilograms of 20 percent uranium per year. In the longer term, the supply of low-enriched uranium is to be increased and faster centrifuges for uranium enrichment are to be manufactured. Politically delicate is Iran’s withdrawal from the additional protocol of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which would limit or even prohibit UN inspectors’ access to Iranian nuclear facilities.
Ruhani hopes for a fresh start with Biden
President Ruhani believes the law is politically unwise and warned hardliners not to interfere in the country’s nuclear policy. The new law hinders diplomatic efforts to save the nuclear deal, according to Ruhani, which he sees increased after Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election. Under President Donald Trump, the US withdrew from the agreement, which Biden believes is wrong. In addition, Ruhani is hoping for an end to the sanctions imposed by Trump, which have plunged the country into a severe economic crisis since 2018.
According to government spokesman Ali Rabiei, the new law also violates internal regulations. The country’s nuclear policy is not determined by parliament, but by the National Security Council (SNSC). According to parliament, the bill was voted on with the SNSC, but Rabiei called this claim absurd. “The head of the SNSC is the president, the matter itself is a matter for the foreign minister, but neither has been informed,” he said.