tirsdag 30. mars 2021

Iranian leaders pressed to disclose details of 25-year China pact

Iran’s ministers are being pressed by critics in the country to reveal details of a 25-year strategic partnership deal signed with China at the weekend, following accusations that Iran has sold its sovereignty.

Many analysts say the agreement is largely aspirational, but the secrecy surrounding the final version has provided a useful stick for the regime’s critics. The government spokesperson Ali Rabiei said on Tuesday that the agreement was becoming the victim of a propaganda war and there was no legal obligation to publish it. The agreement was “not an international treaty, or agreement, and does not require parliamentary approval under this legal interpretation,” he said. He hinted that China was standing in the way of publication. Earlier drafts have been leaked. The Iranian parliament has insisted the treaty must be scrutinised before it is given the go-ahead.