Weekly Roundup: Iran's Parliament Targets Salehi

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Iran's former nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, has been found in violation of a law designed to end Iran's commitments to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), according to Iran's state-owned ISNA news agency. The finding by a parliamentary committee overseeing potential violations by statesmen was based on "reports from the political, military and security branches of the committee surrounding the Strategic Measures to Lift Sanctions and Protect Iran's Interests legislation," Ali Khezrian, the committee's spokesman, was quoted saying. "The refusal of the former head of the AEOI [Atomic Energy Organization of Iran] to implement the [legislation] was confirmed by the committee." This was "a battle between the Majles and the Rouhani administration for control over the JCPOA negotiations," a US-based Iran expert told Energy Intelligence. Salehi was replaced as AEOI head Aug. 29 by Mohammad Eslami, according to an announcement. No official biography was provided, but a March 2008 UN Security Council resolution included Eslami -- then head of the Defence Industries Training and Research Institute -- on a list of individuals "engaged in, directly associated with or providing support for Iran’s proliferation sensitive nuclear activities or for the development of nuclear weapon delivery systems."

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