Abolfazl Amouei, spokesman for the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, made the remarks in an address to reporters on Sunday on the sidelines of a closed session in which Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi briefed lawmakers on the details of the ongoing talks between Iran and other parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Tehran and the P5+1 in July 2015, IRNA reported.
He noted that Araqchi gave assurance that the Islamic Republic will hold no direct or indirect talks with the US in the upcoming meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission, scheduled to be held in Vienna on Tuesday.
Amouei stressed that the Islamic Republic does not recognize the US as a JCPOA participant, as Washington unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
He said the Parliament would continue its supervision over the implementation of the strategic action plan to counter US sanctions and is insistent upon following up the enforcement of the establishment’s policies regarding the JCPOA.
Within this framework, Parliament calls for the full removal of sanctions, the MP emphasized.
In an open session on December 1, lawmakers at the Iranian Parliament overwhelmingly endorsed the outlines of the strategic action plan to counteract US sanctions and safeguard Tehran’s interests.
The outlines of the plan’s draft bill were approved by 251 votes in favor, out of a total of 260. Later, the plan was also approved by the Guardian Council (now Constitutional Council) and notified to the government by Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf. The action plan, among other things, requires the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to produce at least 120kg of 20% enriched uranium annually and store it inside the country within two months after the adoption of the law.
Amouei said that members of Parliament were also briefed on the details of the 25-year Iran-China strategic partnership agreement.
Parliament supports economic ties with different countries, he said, adding the legislative body will monitor the deal and its implementation.
On March 27, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, signed a 25-year comprehensive strategic partnership agreement, marking a milestone in bilateral relations between Iran and China.
The two diplomats put their signatures on the document in Tehran in a ceremony carried live on national television.
Wang and Zarif also marked “half a century of friendly diplomatic relations” by opening an exhibition of documents on the two countries’ bilateral ties.
The Sino-Iranian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership was announced in a joint statement during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Tehran in 2016.
The cooperation roadmap consists of 20 articles, covering Tehran-Beijing ties in “Political,” “Executive Cooperation,” “Human and Cultural,” “Judiciary, Security and Defense,” and “Regional and International” domains, according to the statement released at that time.