Iranian political activist Abbas Abdi says in an article for Etemad newspaper that the leader of the Islamic revolution has handed responsibility for the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, to President Ebrahim Raisi.
Abdi said in the article that President Raisi is now in charge of the matter of whether or not to sign an agreement to revitalize the JCPOA.
“What I do know is that the President would be responsible for signing or not signing the agreement,” Abdi wrote.
The political activist touched on the ongoing debate that the JCPOA is so important that its approval or rejection will only be at the leader level.
Abdi also took a dig at the process of approving the same deal under former President Hassan Rouhani.
He also slammed the conservative-led parliament during Rouhani’s term for ratifying the law shortening the nuclear deal in just 20 minutes and the Guardian Council for immediately ratifying it, and questioned why such interventions were being made if the deal were to be signed should without the consent of the leader.
“If these questions are answered, it would become clear that the approval of the JCPOA has not been outside the scope, neither in the past nor in the present,” he said.
Abdi also said Iran should use its power to guarantee the deal and openly announce how it will retaliate if the US pulls out of the deal and honors its commitments.