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Iran nuclear review panel says deal flawed

Iran nuclear review panel says deal flawed

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TEHRAN: A panel of Iranian lawmakers said Sunday that the inspections regime underpinning the country’s nuclear deal with world powers represented a security threat, but th e agreement should go ahead anyway. The 15-member committee spent weeks reviewing the text of the July 14 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), for what it said could be breaches of negotiators’ “red lines”. The panel had largely been sidelined over its ability to influence the accord’s fate although its report paves the way for a formal vote in parliament. A law passed earlier this year gave final oversight of the nuclear deal to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), rather than lawmakers, many of whom have railed against the agreement. The SNSC is headed by President Hassan Rouhani, who came to power in 2013 after campaigning to end the international dispute and end sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear programme. In their report the lawmakers hit out at the decision to allow inspections of military sites, which supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had appeared to rule out in a speech just weeks before the deal was sealed. “It is evident that, based on the JCPOA, access to Iranian military sites has become possible,” the panel said.     —AFP