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Iran MPs vote for nuclear deal breaches after scientist’s assassination

Four days after a top Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated, the country’s conservative parliament overwhelmingly adopted a draft bill calling for significant breaches of Tehran’s obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iranian lawmakers who shouted “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” voted for the general outlines of a draft bill that would require the government of President Hassan Rouhani to dramatically reduce its commitments to the already fragile nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The bill has yet to be adopted in a second session; it then would have to get a seal of approval from the supervisory Guardian Council. The legislation calls for a jump of 20% in Iran’s uranium enrichment, well above the 3.67% rate Iran agreed to under the accord. The bill says a 120-kilogram (265-pound) stockpile of the product would have to be prepared within two months of the adoption of the legislation and would have to be stored exclusively inside Iran.

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