President Barack Obama’s Iran deal is worse than originally thought, and the newest revelation has GOP lawmakers furious. A previously undisclosed side arrangement will virtually guarantee Iran the ability to build a nuclear bomb, because only Iran would be allowed to investigate breaches of the contract!
The wording of this secret side deal suggests that — beyond being barred from physically visiting potential nuclear sites like the notorious Parchin facility — the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency won’t get photo or video information from areas Iran says are off-limits.
The revelation, first reported by the Associated Press, angered Republican lawmakers who have been severely critical of the broader agreement to limit Iran’s future nuclear programs, signed by the Obama administration, Iran, and five other world powers in July. Critics have complained that the wider deal is unwisely built on trust of the Iranians.
“President Obama boasts his deal includes ‘unprecedented verification.’ He claims it’s not built on trust,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “But the administration’s briefings on these side deals have been totally insufficient — and it still isn’t clear whether anyone at the White House has seen the final documents.”
Said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif.: “International inspections should be done by international inspectors. Period.”
The document seen by the AP is a draft that one official familiar with its contents said doesn’t differ substantially from the final version. He demanded anonymity because he isn’t authorized to discuss the issue.
It is labeled “separate arrangement II,” indicating there is another confidential agreement between Iran and IAEA governing their probe of nuclear weapons allegations.
Iran has refused access to Parchin for years and has denied any interest in — or work on — nuclear weapons. Based on U.S., Israeli and other intelligence and its own research, the IAEA suspects that the Islamic Republic may have experimented with high-explosive detonators for nuclear arms at that military facility and other weapons-related work elsewhere.
Congress will vote next month on a resolution disapproving of the Iran agreement, but if it is approved Obama has pledged to veto it.
The Associated Press contributed to this article