Iran will be allowed to collect their own soil samples; they are currently sanitizing the site suspected of being used for nuclear activity: and Congress will not be allowed to see the critical side deals which include the inspection component. Congress must vote blindly.
Congress represents the American people and when they surrender their power, they are also surrendering the role of the American people.
This deal is a treaty but Barack Obama called it an agreement to avoid Congress. Sen. Corker then worked out a bill to give Congress a say. His bill damages and possibly destroys congressional treaty power.
Any congressman who supports this is not supporting the American people. It used to be that we had to pass the bill to find out what’s in it, now we have to pass the bill to never find out what’s in it. That’s a betrayal and not what the American people voted them into office to do.
Bloomberg is reporting that the U.S. intelligence community informed Congress of evidence that Iran was sanitizing its suspected nuclear military site at Parchin, in broad daylight, days after agreeing to a nuclear deal with world powers. They are “highly confidant” their information is accurate. The IAEA has confirmed it.
It calls Iran’s intentions into question as if they shouldn’t have been all along.
The International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran have a side agreement meant to resolve past suspicions about the Parchin site. Congress cannot see the side agreement unless the president asks for it and he won’t ask for it because he doesn’t want Congress to see it. There is no other explanation because he can ask for it and he can see it but he won’t.
Sanctions relief for Iran can come only after the IAEA and Iran resolve their outstanding concerns about possible military dimensions of past and current work. But the agreement does not specify how the issue must be resolved, only that it be resolved to the IAEA’s satisfaction. The U.N. is in charge.
Wendy Sherman, US Undersecretary of State
Wendy Sherman, the Chief U.S. negotiator for the nuclear deal said she has not seen the final documents. Again, she doesn’t want to so she can hide them from Congress.
Both Sherman and Marie Harf – since 2013 – have repeatedly assured Americans that Iran, as part of the JPOA, would be required to address past and present practices in this, the most visible and suspicious facility in Iran – Parchin.
Iran claims it is just a military site but they won’t allow anyone to inspect.
Two weeks ago, Sen. Risch, photo below, said the U.S. collapsed on that deal and Iran would be allowed to collect their own samples.
Sen. Menendez, photo below, explained that the “chain of custody” is meaningless if the initial samples are taken by the perpetrator.
Sen. Kerry’s answer to both senators was – it’s classified. The AP, however, confirmed the story in Vienna.
The White House is telling Congress that Iran can be trusted to turn over evidence from Parchin while the intelligence community is telling Congress that Iran is destroying evidence at Parchin.
Why is Parchin important?
Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) believe that more than a decade ago, Iran conducted experiments there with high explosives in support of nuclear weapons development.
In a 2011 report, the IAEA said it had information that Iran placed “a large explosives containment vessel” in Parchin in 2000 and constructed a building around it. The testing is believed to have taken place in a vessel or chamber which the IAEA says was designed to contain the detonation of up to 70 kilograms of high explosives.
Tehran consistently has blocked or severely limited IAEA access to Parchin’s facilities and personnel, thus preventing the agency from reaching any conclusion about what is actually happening there.
Iran so far has refused to allow United Nations inspectors to interview key scientists and military officers to investigate allegations that Tehran maintained a covert nuclear-weapons program, the head of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog said in an interview Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Wendy Sherman is now saying that the IAEA can inspect without visiting Iran’s sites, according to Fox News, Happening Now, Thursday.
After meeting with Wendy Sherman, Sen. Ted Cruz said:
“This deal is not materially different from simply calling the Iranian supreme leader, asking if they’re developing nuclear weapons, and taking his word for it when he says no,” he said.
“The idea that we would trust Iran to inspect their own facilities takes a level of gullibility and naivete that exceeds the standards even of the Obama administration.”
Barack Obama is now calling the treaty aka accord an “arrangement.” It’s being treated like a very loosey-goosey arrangement. There is no transparency and we have been fed a pack of lies. Any congressman who approves this deal is not standing up for the American people they were chosen to represent.
In the end, the approval mechanism set such a low bar, it will likely pass.