Iran set a deadline for the sanctions to be lifted on Feb 21, otherwise it will expel United Nations nuclear watchdog inspectors, the hardline-dominated parliament decided, a lawmaker said on Saturday.
“Parliament passed a law in November that obliges the government to halt inspections of its nuclear sites by the International Atomic Energy Agency and to step up uranium enrichment beyond the limit set under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal if sanctions are not eased,” Reuters reported.
Iran’s Guardian Council watchdog body reportedly approved the law on Dec. 2 and the government has agreed to implement it.
“According to the law, if the Americans do not lift financial, banking and oil sanctions by Feb. 21, we will definitely expel the IAEA inspectors from the country and will definitely end the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol,” said parliamentarian Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani.
On Monday, Iran said it had resumed 20% uranium enrichment at an underground nuclear facility, breaching the nuclear pact with major powers.