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The Assembly of Experts, a panel of clerics electing leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, stressed that the country’s defense and missile capabilities will never be subject to negotiations.

In a statement at the conclusion of its eighth annual meeting, held in the former building of the Iranian Parliament in Tehran on Monday, the 88-member Assembly of Experts emphasized that issues relating to Iran’s defense and missile power are not negotiable at all.

It also described renegotiations with the US on what has been already agreed upon as a “red line” of the Islamic Republic, stressing that all Iranian organizations stand united in safeguarding the country’s dignity and independence against hostile plots.

Highlighting the failure of the US’ policy of cruel sanctions and maximum pressure on the Islamic Republic, the assembly said the Iranian nation’s resistance will remain unaffected, no matter whether or not the US rejoins the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The clerics described the US’ return to the JCPOA without a practical lifting of the anti-Iranian sanctions as not only lacking any benefits, but being detrimental too.

The statement also called on people to attend the upcoming elections in June, hailing the polls as an arena for maximum participation of people in political and social decisions.

And also, the Speaker of Iran's Parliament stated that any kind of cooperation with the IAEA beyond the safeguard in the future, according to Article 7, required a decision by the Parliament.

Iran's Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf wrote in a Twitter message: "According to the law of the parliament, the implementation of the Additional Protocol will be completely stopped from February 23, and any access beyond the safeguard is absolutely prohibited and illegal."

He added "Any kind of cooperation with the IAEA beyond the safeguard in the future, according to Article 7, requires a decision by the Parliament. Article 9 of the law will guarantee its implementation."

Iran's parliament passed legislation requiring the AEOI to breach terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement in response to former President Donald Trump's 2018 withdrawal from the deal and re-impose sanctions.

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Assembly of Experts Iran’s missile power
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