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Iran Confirms Secret Side Deal


Last week, the Associated Press reported on one of the secret side deals the Obama administration refused to provide to Congress:

Key restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program imposed under an internationally negotiated deal will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran’s ability to build a bomb even before the end of the pact, according to a document obtained Monday by The Associated Press…. But while formally separate from the bigger nuclear accord, {a diplomat} said that it was in effect an integral part of that pact and had been approved by the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, the six powers that negotiated the deal with Tehran. Details published earlier outline most restraints on Iran’s nuclear program meant to reduce the threat that Tehran will turn nuclear activities it says are peaceful to making weapons…. And that time frame could shrink even more. While the document doesn’t say what happens with centrifuge numbers and types past year 13, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told The AP that Iran will be free to install any number of advanced centrifuges beyond that point…. That will give Iran a huge potential boost in enrichment capacity, including bomb-making should it choose to do so….

Jonathan Tobin wrote about the revelations here at COMMENTARY at the time. Many of the groups whose funding depends on their support of the deal, however, remained silent. The State Department, meanwhile, sought to downplay the secrecy of the side deal or even the suggestion that the document leaked reflected a side deal. In a tortured exchange, State Department spokesman Mark Toner saidthere was not secret deal; rather, what was exposed was merely Iran’s “R&D [Research and Development] plan.”

While the government downplay the revelations, the Iranian response yesterday at the unauthorized leak from within the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was so angry it’s clear just how important it was to  Tehran to keep it secret—with the collusion of Washington, and the European Union. The hardline Iranian Tasnim news site reported that the  deputy head and spokesman for the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran, announced his country would file a formal complaint with the IAEA about the leak. “Some parts that were published had been confidential and were supposed to remain so,” he said. How sad it is that Kerry and crew felt more obliged to respect the confidentiality of Iranian documents than the transparency required by the compromise the administration struck with Congress last year about sharing all agreements made as part of the Iran deal.

As David Gerstman over at Legal Insurrection wrote:

The Corker-Cardin legislation passed last year was pretty clear about what the administration was obliged to provide Congress.

Agreement.–The term `agreement’ means an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran that includes the


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