Iran: UN nuclear watchdogs to be expelled if sanctions not lifted – lawmaker

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Tehran will be expelling International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors by February 21 if sanctions on the Islamic Republic are not lifted by the aforementioned date. The ultimatum was issued by a member of the Iranian parliament leadership board Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani in Tehran on Saturday.

"If the sanctions are not lifted by February 21, especially the financial, banking and oil sanctions, we will definitely expel the agency’s (IAEA) inspectors and we will definitely stop the voluntary implementation of the [additional] protocol," said Amirabadi Farahani who added the date was chosen to give incoming US President-elect Joe Biden an opportunity to act after he takes office on January 20.

According to the top parliamentary official, this was a direct result of the failure on part of signatories of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to uphold their side of the Iran nuclear deal.

"The main JCPOA goal was the lifting of the sanctions. We were not looking for anything else. Did this happen? No. It did not happen. So until this happens, why should we fulfill our obligations?"

The JCPOA has become a strong point of contention for Iran after US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal in 2018, imposing a fresh wave of harsh sanctions on Tehran.

SOT, Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani, Member of the Iranian parliament’s leadership board (Farsi): "If the sanctions are not lifted by February 21, especially the financial, banking and oil sanctions, we will definitely expel the agency’s (IAEA) inspectors and we will definitely stop the voluntary implementation of the [additional] protocol. This is the law of the parliament and the government is obliged to implement it. We gave them a one-month opportunity, which means I think when the new US administration takes office on January 21, they will be given the opportunity to take action until February 21. Otherwise, the Islamic Republic of Iran will surely stand for the interests of its nation. The main JCPOA goal was the lifting of the sanctions. We were not looking for anything else. Did this happen? No. It did not happen. So until this happens, why should we fulfill our obligations? This is definitely not the right thing to do, it is to the detriment of the Iranian nation. And the Iranian nation has suffered up to now."

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As a Republican I am a conservative but have a little libertarian leanings. I about 80% a Trump supporter. I agree with him most of the time but as I am a person that thinks for himself I don't go along with him just because he is the President. I am not like liberals that think their candidates are Gods and never wrong.