Iran parliament bars key nuclear concessions in talks with big powers

By REUTERS
June 23, 2015 16:41

 
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ANKARA - Iran's parliament passed a bill on Tuesday banning access for UN inspectors to its military sites and scientists, potentially complicating chances for a nuclear accord with world powers as a self-imposed June 30 deadline approaches.

Two major stumbling blocks to a deal have been disputes over how much transparency Iran should offer to ease suspicions that it has covertly sought to develop nuclear bombs, and the timing and pace of relief from sanctions imposed on Tehran.

France has spearheaded the powers' demand that Iran grant unfettered UN access to military bases -- where Western officials believe Iran has conducted nuclear bomb research -- as part of any final settlement that would curb Tehran's nuclear program in return for a phase-out of sanctions.

The legislation prohibiting any such access, as well as stipulating that all sanctions be lifted as soon as a nuclear accord takes effect, was approved by 214 of 244 lawmakers present on Tuesday, state television reported.

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