Can you trust Iran to inspect their own nuclear sites?
Many rumors have been circulating for weeks whether or not Obama has been cutting some side deals with Iran and the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Several weeks ago, Senator Robert Menendez (D.,NJ) revealed to the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee that he knew of certain details in the agreement, according to which Iran would be able to collect samplings from the ground of the suspected site in Parchin. His remarks have now been confirmed by the details of the agreement, which were published by the Associated Press.
According to the draft document, Iranian representatives would inspect the site, without any intervention by UN inspectors, who would not even be allowed into the suspected compound.
The inspection of the suspected site in Parchin was one of the central issues underlining the IAEA’s investigation into the military possibilities of the Iranian nuclear program.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R.,CA) stated:
International inspections should be done by international inspectors. Period.
The Obama administration has described the document as nothing more than a routine technical arrangement between Iran and the IAEA on the particulars of inspecting the site.
The publication of this draft document will add more fuel to the fiery public debate in Congress.