Iran Pact's Secret Side Deals: A National Security Fraud
According to the Obama administration, there are no secret side deals to the nuclear agreement with Iran. And if there are, it's not true that Iran will be inspecting itself.
And even if Iran will be inspecting itself, the side deals are a separate arrangement and not part of the nuclear deal, and the issue they're intended to address — past Iranian nuclear weapons work — doesn't matter.
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What's going on here?
First, we know there are secret side deals that were not mentioned in the Obama administration's rollout of the Iran nuclear agreement. The administration provided classified (that is, secret) briefings on the side deals to Congress during the week of July 20, in which it claimed that U.S. diplomats have been briefed on the side deal documents but have not seen them.
Obama officials told Congress that the side deals are routine International Atomic Energy Agency arrangements that were being briefed in a classified setting because they are confidential agreements between the IAEA and Iran.
So if the side deals are secret, from whom are they being kept secret? The U.S. Congress, apparently. According to an Aug. 18 Washington Free Beacon story, Iran sent a letter to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano threatening him with physical harm if he revealed information about the side deals in meetings with members of Congress during a visit to Washington.
Why are these agreements secret?, you may ask. The reason appears to be that they are not routine IAEA agreements but an unprecedented scheme under which Iran will inspect itself to collect evidence of the "possible military dimensions" (PMD) of its nuclear program.
Resolving the PMD issue is crucial for verification of the Iran deal by establishing a baseline of Iran's nuclear weapons-related activities.
The Obama administration and its supporters are trying to deflect the side deals story by downplaying these agreements as irrelevant and unimportant. These are telling arguments, since they go to the heart of why the secret side deals came about.Read the rest of this IBD editorial perspective HERE.