The petition, signed by 103 MPs, asks for “Reconsidering voluntary measures and resuming all activities within the NPT” if the US does not change tack on Iran.
This note was delivered and read by Ibrahim Karkhaneh, a member of the presiding parliamentary board, and warns Rouhani to give JCPOA implementation a second thought if the US “Fails to return Iran’s stolen assets, continues to show malice and a lack of commitment in removing sanctions and creating a toxic atmosphere in JCPOA implementation.”
After the signing of the JCPOA, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in July 2015, Iranian officials have objected to the US obstructing foreign partners from doing business with Iran.
Although the nuclear deal ended economic sanctions against Iran, including banking limitations, many foreign banks have shown a reluctance to resume ties with Tehran, fearing falling foul of US fines.
In another recent development in the already turbulent ties between Tehran and Washington, the US Supreme Court ruled that almost $2bn in frozen Iranian assets must be turned over to American families of people killed in the 1983 bombing of a US Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, and other attacks allegedly blamed on Iran.