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Iran: Guardian Council confirms Majlis nuclear ratification

Tehran, Dec 27, IRNA-Majlis First Vice-Speaker Mohammad-Reza Bahonar said in Tehran on Wednesday that the Guardian Council confirmed Majlis nuclear ratification, saying the GC does not regard it as against the religion and the Constitution.

The Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) on Wednesday ratified a double-urgency bill urging the government to accelerate Iran's peaceful nuclear activities and make a revision in the country's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to meet interests of the nation.

The bill on "urging the government to revise cooperation with the IAEA" was approved by MPs during the open session of the Majlis.

The decision was made following adoption by the UN Security Council Resolution 1737 on Saturday night under the US pressure against Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Of the total 203 votes cast, the double-urgency bill was ratified as 161 MPs who voted in its favor, 15 against and 15 abstained.

Addressing Majlis deputies after ratification of the bill, Bahonar said the Guardian Council immediately announced the approval did not run counter to the religion and the Constitution.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Parliamentary and Consular Affairs Hamid-Reza Asefi, who was present at Majlis Wednesday session, said the government agrees with the ratification.

Majlis approved the bill following adoption of the Resolution 1737 by the UN Security Council Saturday night under the US pressure against Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Addressing the session in favor of the bill, Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said, "Iran has always been ready to hold negotiations on nuclear issue rationally and based on international regulations.

"The IAEA has repeatedly announced Iran had no diversion in its peaceful nuclear program but anti-Iran sanctions are raised while several countries in Asia have nuclear bombs."

He said, "China, India, Pakistan, North Korea and the Zionist regime possess nuclear bombs. Japan has repeatedly announced it enjoys potentials to produce nuclear bombs.

"The Zionist regime admitted it has nuclear bombs but no one opposed to the issue."

Majlis cautioned the government that its activities should not be restricted to the IAEA regulations, the speaker said, adding the government should show an appropriate and timely reaction.

According to the bill, doors are open for Iran's quitting the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and staying with the IAEA and conducting activities within the framework of international regulations.

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