Se­nior MP urges talks with anti-Trump move­ments in U.S.

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

TEHRAN — Ma­jlis Na­tional Se­cu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy Com­mit­tee Chair­man Hesh­ma­tol­lah Fala­hat­pisheh has said that Iran should fol­low diplo­macy of ne­go­ti­a­tion with move­ments in­side the U.S. which are op­posed to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s pol­icy to­ward Iran.

There are move­ments in the U.S. which are against Trump and be­lieve that he is mak­ing the U.S. iso­lated, Fala­hat­pisheh told IRNA in an in­ter­view pub­lished on Thurs­day.

“So, chan­nels of diplo­macy with the U.S. should not be closed, be­cause Trump is not the U.S.,” the top law­maker re­marked.

‘ICJ rul­ing demon­strated Iran’s suc­cess­ful diplo­macy’

Fala­hat­pisheh also said the In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice’s rul­ing in fa­vor of Iran was a show of Tehran’s suc­cess­ful diplo­macy.

The ICJ or­dered the United States on Oc­to­ber

3 to ease some sanc­tions against Iran, in­clud­ing those re­lated to the sup­ply of hu­man­i­tar­ian goods and the safety of civil avi­a­tion. The rul­ing was made in re­sponse to a plea from Tehran af­ter Trump’s an­nounce­ment in May that he would with­draw the United States from the

2015 in­ter­na­tional agree­ment, of­fi­cially known as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA), and reim­pose sanc­tions on Tehran.

Ac­cord­ing to the ver­dict, Wash­ing­ton “shall re­move by means of its choos­ing any im­ped­i­ments aris­ing from the mea­sures an­nounced on May 8 to the free ex­por­ta­tion to Iran of medicines and med­i­cal de­vices, food and agri­cul­tural com­modi­ties” as well as air­plane parts.

The court fur­ther said that sanc­tions on goods “re­quired for hu­man­i­tar­ian needs... may have a se­ri­ous detri­men­tal im­pact on the health and lives of in­di­vid­u­als on the ter­ri­tory of Iran.”

‘CFT can cre­ate open­ings for eco­nomic co-op’

In an in­ter­view with ISNA pub­lished on Fri­day, Fala­hat­pisheh also de­fended the rati- fi­ca­tion of the CFT in par­lia­ment, say­ing it will cre­ate open­ings for eco­nomic trans­ac­tions with the out­side world.

In a hotly de­bated par­lia­men­tary ses­sion on Oc­to­ber 7, the par­lia­ment (Ma­jlis) voted to ap­prove the bill to com­bat fi­nanc­ing of ter­ror­ism. Out of 268 law­mak­ers present in the par­lia­ment, a to­tal of 143 law­mak­ers voted in fa­vor of the bill while 120 voted against it. Five MPs also ab­stained. To be­come a law, how­ever, the over­sight Guardian Coun­cil should vet the bill for com­pli­ance with the Con­sti­tu­tion.

Fala­hat­pisheh said the ap­proval of CFT cre­ates “cer­tain open­ings which the en­e­mies wanted to close them.”

“Ma­jlis ap­proved this bill in or­der to be able to make use of these open­ings as ex­pe­ri­ence has shown that co­op­er­a­tion[as1] with in­ter­na­tional bod­ies such at the (UN) Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, (the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy) Agency and The Hague (in­ter­na­tional courts) has proven use­ful and we have got pos­i­tive re­sults,” he re­marked.

The MP added, “I be­lieve that this bill pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for diplo­mats to work with that group of coun­tries which do not want to ob­serve U.S. sanc­tions (against Iran).”

In re­sponse to the op­po­nents of the deal, he said econ­omy is alien to “pop­ulism”.

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