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August 20, 2015 2:36 pm

Iran Deal Critics Say AP Report Calls Inspections Regime Into Question

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President Obama defends the Iran nuclear deal. Photo: Screenshot.

President Obama defends the Iran nuclear deal. Photo: Screenshot.

Critics of the Iran nuclear deal have suggested that the reported side deals between Iran and the international nuclear watchdog could undermine the inspections regime meant to underpin the Vienna accord.

The report indicated that, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press, Iran would be able to carry out the investigations of its Parchin military site — where munitions testing and nuclear research may have taken place — on its own terms, and report those to the International Atomic Energy Agency, which will use the findings as part of the road-map it will present to world powers before the nuclear deal is implemented. The IAEA report addressing its concerns over Iran’s vexed nuclear program is expected to be submitted this December.

Although experts claim that the Parchin site is a “red herring” and that nuclear-related activities have long been covered up — those munitions tests are said to have occurred over a decade ago — critics of the Obama administration’s deal with Iran and world powers contend that the side agreement raises questions about the effectiveness of the inspections regime under the JCPoA meant to ensure that Iran does not cheat, and that if it does, the world will know about it.

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“International inspections should be done by international inspectors. Period. The standard of ‘anywhere, anytime’ inspections – so critical to a viable agreement – has dropped to ‘when Iran wants, where Iran wants, on Iran’s terms.’ For weeks, Congress has been demanding access to this document to assess the viability of the inspections measures. Congress must now consider whether this unprecedented arrangement will keep Iran from cheating. This is a dangerous farce,” said Chairman of the House Committee for Foreign Affairs, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA).

Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said, “This type of unorthodox agreement has never been done before by the IAEA and speaks to the great lengths our negotiators took to accommodate the Ayatollah despite repeated assurances from the administration that this deal is not based on trust.”

And in Israel, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz, who has remained Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s point man for the nuclear deal for the past several years and administrations, chided, “One must welcome this global innovation and outside-the-box thinking. One can only wonder if the Iranian inspectors will also have to wait 24 days before being able to visit the site and look for incriminating evidence?”

State Department officials meanwhile downplayed the significance of the AP revelations: “We’re confident in the agency’s technical plans for investigating the possible military dimensions of Iran’s former program,” said State Department Spokesman John Kirby.

And the IAEA stressed that its access to Parchin would fulfill the requirements it needed to fully assess Iran’s nuclear program before submitting its report, with IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano issuing an uncharacteristically fiery statement regarding AP‘s reporting: “I am disturbed by statements suggesting that the IAEA has given responsibility for nuclear inspections to Iran. Such statements misrepresent the way in which we will undertake this important verification work.”

 

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  • Markus Elkana Brajtman

    Can one imagine what any Iranian “inspecter” would say?
    If they dared tell the truth, they would be hanged as homosexuals”
    No Iranian would dare to report the truth.

  • Joseph Feld

    If you haven’t read the interview with Alan Dershowitz in Times of Israel, READ IT !!! Prof. Dershowitz says Congress should pass a law giving the President immediate power to respond to any violation of the Iran agreement. Without this guarantee it will take too long to respond to violations. Some of the frozen assets are linked to human rights abuse and to US court rulings against Iran. That money cannot be handed back based on the P5+1 agreement.

  • nelson marans

    Finally, it is general knowledge that the IAEA inspections are a farce, controlled in every step by the Iranian government. Certainly the IAEA will not present facts that mitigate against the Iran deal when they are the appointed investigators, satisfactory to Iran.

    • Kris Kristian

      he inspectors =must all surely be in the pay of Iran. \
      That is possbly whay the nuclear ‘research” was never reported.

  • John Rowan

    No, No, NO!!!

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