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In Final Step, Iran's Guardians Council Approves Nuclear Deal

Iran's Guardians Council has approved implementing a nuclear deal with world powers -- sealing the final required step in the process despite hard-liners' efforts to derail the accord.

The ratification on October 14 comes a day after Iran's parliament passed legislation that supports the government of President Hassan Rohani in implementing the July 14 agreement.

With the approval from conservative clerics and Iranian officials on the 12-member Guardians Council, the bill has now passed into law.

The legislation grants responsibility for implementing the nuclear accord to Iran's Supreme National Security Council -- the top security body in Iran, which is headed by Rohani.

It allows Iran to withdraw from the nuclear agreement if world powers do not carry out their promise to lift economic sanctions, or if new sanctions are imposed or previous ones are restored.

The legislation also requires the Iranian government to work toward the nuclear disarmament of Israel, which is thought to have the region's only undeclared nuclear weapons arsenal.

It also calls on the government to take "necessary measures" to prevent the United States and the West from using the deal to infiltrate Iran.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and IRNA