Iran’s parliament has given initial approval to a bill allowing Tehran to implement a nuclear deal with world powers that would significantly curb its atomic activities in exchange for some sanctions relief.
Iran's official IRNA news agency reported that lawmakers approved the first reading of the bill by a vote of 139-100.
Hard-line lawmakers clashed with supporters of the deal in a heated debate preceding the vote.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who led Tehran’s team of negotiators who reached the deal with six world powers in July, told the parliament that Iran had achieved its objectives.
"History will show that we dominated the negotiations," Zarif said in the session, which was carried live by state media.
Conservative lawmaker Alireza Zakani, however, said prior to the vote that Iranian negotiators “failed to get the rights of the Iranian people from the American wolves."
The bill was proposed by the parliament's National Security Committee. It must now pass a second vote on October 13 before being submitted to a clerical body for final approval and passage into law.
Based on reporting by Reuters and AP