The motion was presented to Iran’s legislative body by parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, Press TV reported on Tuesday.
If the US manages to unilaterally activate the snapback mechanism against the Islamic Republic, the motion will oblige the government to take reciprocal measures such as lifting the restrictions placed on the Iranian nuclear program by the 2015 multilateral accord, named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Chairman of the committee Mojtaba Zonnour said.
In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Pompeo claimed that the European signatories to the JCPOA – Britain, France and Germany – agree with the US that the deal is “a bad idea” and said he was “confident” that the “United States will be successful in a week, the snapback will have taken effect.”
In response to Pompeo’s claims, the senior Iranian lawmaker said, “Remarks by officials of the United States have no legal basis and given the mechanism set out in the JCPOA, they cannot take such an action.”
“If the US seeks to carry out a measure to trigger the snapback mechanism or extend an arms embargo against Iran, the Islamic Republic will not remain silent,” Zonnour pointed out.
He noted that if the Parliament passes the motion, the Iranian government would be allowed to enrich as much uranium as needed for peaceful activities, enrich uranium up to a level of 90,000 separative work units (SWUs) for nuclear fuel production and produce, stockpile and sell an unlimited amount of heavy water.
The government would also be allowed to stop the implementation of the Additional Protocol that Iran has voluntarily accepted based on the JCPOA, he said.
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday that 1,044 centrifuges are currently operating at Fordow uranium enrichment site as an evidence to the fact that the country has taken in full the fourth step it had promised to reduce its commitments under the JCPOA.
The United States is trying to invoke the snapback mechanism in the multilateral nuclear agreement despite its withdrawal from the accord in May 2018 in violation of UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2231 that endorses the JCPOA.
The United States’ most prominent Western allies have refused to fall into step with the push, which follows Washington’s humiliating defeat in securing an extension of the UN arms embargo against Iran at the UNSC last month.
The president of the Security Council on August 25 dismissed attempts by the US to reinstate all UN sanctions against Iran, citing a lack of consensus in the 15-member body.