Iranian lawmakers propose bill increasing uranium enrichment to 60% despite Geneva deal

( Iranian lawmakers have proposed a bill that will force the government to enrich uranium up to 60 percent "in order to provide fuel for submarine engines if the sanctions are tightened and Iran's nuclear rights are ignored," said hardline lawmaker Mehdi Mousavinejad, Reuters reported.

Iranian hardline lawmakers proposed a bill that would allow the government to enrich uranium up to 60 percent despite recently reached deal with p5+1 nations. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

If passed, the bill would conflict with the recent deal brokered by world powers in Geneva, which stipulated that Iran must stop enriching uranium beyond 3.5 percent and dilute all existing stockpiles already enriched to 20 percent down to 5 percent.

The official Iranian news agency IRNA reported that 100 lawmakers introduced the new bill. "The bill is aimed at giving an upper hand to our government and the negotiating team... It will allow the government to continue our nuclear program if the Geneva deal fails," said Hossein Taghavi Hosseini, spokesman for parliament's National Security and Foreign Affairs committee.

After the Geneva deal with Iran was brokered in November, Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told that Iran's history “is one of deception, manipulation, [and] lying” and that there is “every reason to be skeptical when you’re dealing with the Iranians.”

Posted on December 26, 2013 .