Any nuclear inspector who applies for a vise to enter Iran must first be approved by Iran’s intelligence service. So says Sayyed Abbas Araqchi, the rogue regime’s deputy foreign minister and one of the main negotiators in the P5+1 talks, which produced the nuke agreement. According to Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon, Araqchi made the claim to the country’s state-controlled press.
Since the deal was announced, Iran as been whittling away at the transparency elements of the agreement by trying to control who is doing the inspections. Even if it does not harm the efficacy of the inspections, this latest requirement certainly throws cold water on the Administration’s efforts to prove to congress that Iran is being fully transparent the nuclear inspectors who examine their nuclear sites are neutral.
Iran has already stated that no American inspector would be permitted into the country under the deal. The accord also grants Iran a 24-day notice period before inspectors enter any site suspected of being used for nuclear weapons work.
“Any individual, out of IAEA’s Inspection group, who is not approved by the Islamic Republic of Iran cannot enter the country as the agency’s inspector,” Araqchi was quoted as telling the Islamic Consultative Assembly News Agency (ICANA), a government news outlet, according to a translation performed by the CIA’s Open Source Center (OSC).
This type of screening is fully permitted under the nuclear accord, Araqchi said.
The deal “has been set within the framework of the additional protocol and all limitations and supervisions are within the protocol and not beyond that,” he said.
Michael Rubin, former Pentagon adviser and expert on terrorist Islamist regimes, said Obama’s promise of strict inspections is nonsense:
“Administration claims that this was the best possible agreement are pathetic. First Kerry abandoned anytime, anywhere inspections,” Rubin said. “Then Obama claimed this was the most rigorous counter-proliferation regime ever, never mind that it failed to rise to the Libya and South Africa precedents.”
“Then we learned that no Americans are allowed on the inspection teams and that Iran will do its own soil sampling,” Rubin added. “Now the Iranians claim that all IAEA inspectors have to be vetted by Iranian intelligence? It really can’t get any worse than this.”
I know Mr. Rubin is an expert on these things, but every time someone says the Iran deal can’t get any worse…it gets worse.
Like the news that Obama was making concessions to Iran way before he told the American people what was going on. Kredo also reported about the secret talks between Iran and the U.S. in 2012:
The White House purportedly made overtures to Iran, guaranteeing its right to enrich uranium, in 2012, while President Barack Obama was locked in an election with Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to Iranian Vice President Akbar Salehi, who was a senior member of the negotiating team.
This message from the U.S. leadership was then brought to then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to Salehi, whose remarks were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
The Iranian official disclosed the U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was appointed to the U.S. team per a request by Salahi, who knew him from his time as a doctoral student at MIT.
“Salehi added that Khamenei agreed to open a direct channel of negotiations between Iran and the U.S. on the condition that the talks would yield results from the start and would not deal with any other issue, especially not with U.S.-Iran relations,” according to MEMRI. “Following this, Salehi demanded, via the Omani mediator Sultan Qaboos, that the U.S. recognize Iran’s right to enrich uranium, and received a letter from Qaboos expressing such American recognition, which he relayed to Ahmadinejad.”
In November 2013 Secretary of State Kerry said :
There is no inherent right to enrich,” Kerry said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And everywhere in this particular agreement it states that they could only do that by mutual agreement, and nothing is agreed on until everything is agreed on.”
Kerry added: “We do not recognize a right to enrich.”
What he didn’t tell us was that a year earlier; the Administration had already guaranteed Iran’s right to enrich. Which makes one wonder what else aren’t they telling the American people.