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Iran Lawmakers Propose Bill To Leave JCPOA If UN Reimposes Sanctions

Iranian MPs listen to the speech of Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Sunday, July 12, 2020.

In a "double-urgency motion" dozens of Iranian lawmakers have called for the Islamic Republic to automatically withdraw from the JCPOA or the 2015 nuclear agreement, if the United States successfully activates the process to reimpose UN sanctions.

The parliamentary motion is a reaction to President Donald Trump's call on August 15 to activate the "trigger mechanism" or “snapback” against the Islamic Republic.

In conjunction with the nuclear agreement in 2015 world powers agreed to put in place a mechanism that could be triggered to bring back UN sanctions if Iran violated the accords. In a four-stage legal process that lasts 65 days, it would be possible to reinstate all UN's previous sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

ISNA, the state-run Iran Student News Agency, reported on Monday, August 17, that the double-urgency motion, signed by 49 members of the parliament, has been submitted to the Majles Presidium.

The motion emphasizes that should the United Nation's Security Council (UNSC) resolutions against Iran become effective again; the Islamic Republic would drop the JCPOA to "protect national interests."

Last week, the Trump's administration unsuccessfully tried to pass a resolution at the UN Security Council to extend the international arms embargo against the clergy-dominated Iran beyond October when they are set to expire.

Immediately after failing to pass the resolution, president Trump announced that Washington would activate the "trigger mechanism".

Iran, Russia, China, and the European Union have rejected the U.S. decision to activate the trigger mechanism, arguing it can no longer use the mechanism because Washington has withdrawn from the JCPOA.