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Debunking Obama Administration Myths about Secret Side Deals with Iran

Reps. Peter Roskam and Mike Pompeo

MYTH #1: There are no side deals

FACT: While State Department spokesman John Kirby said, “There’s no side deals. There’s no secret deals between Iran and the IAEA that the P5+1 has not been briefed on in detail,” that’s just not true. Assistant Secretary of State Julia Frifield disproves that claim, writing to House Members, “The Roadmap refers to two ‘separate agreements’ between the IAEA and Iran.”

MYTH #2: These side deals are not important to the Iran deal

FACT: These details are absolutely crucial. The IAEA has confirmed that the first side deal seeks

 to resolve longstanding questions on the possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran’s previous nuclear research. Without an accurate baseline showing how much progress Iran has made to date in producing a nuclear weapon, the U.S. cannot possibly measure their compliance or their present breakout time. The second side deal has to do with the military industrial complex at Parchin, where Iran has long refused to allow international inspectors. They have modified buildings and hauled out truckloads of dirt to interfere with our surveillance. But the information we have shows Parchin is where Iran has likely been working on one of the most dangerous parts of nuclear research— developing the capability to put a nuclear payload on a missile. Parchin is the facility where Iran will be allowed to take their own photographs, video, and soil samples for the IAEA’s verification. The processes and technical specifications by which the IAEA assures Iran’s abandonment of a nuclear weapons program may be boring, but they are very important.

MYTH #3: The U.S. isn’t a party to these side deals, so the President doesn’t have to give them to Congress

FACT: Congress foresaw this exact situation, requiring in the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act that the President submit the full text of his Iran deal, including “side agreements” and “any related agreements” including those “entered into or made between Iran and any other parties”. President Obama has not followed the law that he signed.

MYTH #4: The U.S. doesn’t have, and can’t get these side deals

FACT: The Obama Administration doesn’t want to get their hands on these side deals, because if they did they’d have to turn them over to Congress. Listen to the double speak National Security Advisor Susan Rice uses, saying, “We have provided Congress with all of the documents that we drafted or were part of drafting, and all documents that have been shared with us by the IAEA. So there is nothing that we are holding in our possession that we had either any role in crafting or were given to us that has not been given to Congress.” No matter who is holding them, the Obama Administration does have the authority and the ability to get them. Dr. Olli Heinonen, a 27-year veteran of the IAEA and it’s former Deputy Director General and chief inspector has said, “according to the IAEA rules and practices, such documents could be made available to the IAEA Board [of which the U.S. is a member].”

Part I, Section 5 of IAEA Information Circular 153—which governs the drafting and administration of these agreements—says, “specific information relating to such implementation [of inspection and verification processes] in the State may be given to the Board of Governors and to such Agency staff members as require such knowledge.” Furthermore, Rule 18 of the Rules of the Board of Governors of the IAEA, entitled “Circulation of Documents of Particular Importance”, establishes procedures by which member states of the Board may access relevant documents related to their duties.

Dr. Heinonen, the former Deputy Director General and chief inspector of the IAEA, also said, “Historically, the IAEA has not viewed such issues as confidential. The IAEA and its member states have disclosed much more detailed facility-specific approaches at regular safeguards symposia. Additionally, in 2007, the IAEA Iran Work Plan addressing outstanding issues accumulated over several years was made available to all IAEA member states, and the Board also received a 2012 document from Iran related to very specific PMD questions [...].”

MYTH #5: These side deals are classified, so the American public will never see them anyway

FACT: Though being kept secret at the request of Iran and with the support of the Obama Administration, the side deals are not classified. The leaders of Iran have seen them, and they do not and cannot ever possess a U.S. security clearance. 


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