There are âsecretâ or âsideâ deals. We know this. The deals arenât betweenÂ Iran and the U.S., which the White House thinks makes their tweet true, but there are side agreements between Iran and the IAEA that the IAEA is refusing to share with both Congress and the White House.
This, by definition, makes themÂ secret side deals.Â
And theyâre misleading people once you click through the link, too. Hereâs what they have in bold under the question on their Iran deal webpage:
Is there a âsecretâ or âsideâ deal that the U.S. agreed to with Iran? Is Congress and the public seeing what it should see?
There are no âsideâ or âsecretâ agreements between the United States or the P5+1 and Iran.
And then the White House goes on to explain that although there are no âsideâ or âsecretâ deals between the U.S. and Iran, there are Â two side deals in place, but that itâs âstandard practiceâ for the IAEA to keep them secret so Congress and the public donât need to see them (emphasis ours):
The IAEA, the international organization responsible for nuclear inspections, has publicly released a roadmap that it negotiated with Iran to clarify issues relating to the possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iranâs program. With regard to the two documents referenced in the IAEA-Iran Road-map on PMD, the United States does not have these documents, does not have a right to demand these documents, and does not expect to receive these documents. The IAEA has briefed the United States on its approach to PMD, and we are prepared to brief Congress on this as well.
The IAEA has followed its standard practice in treating these two arrangements with Iran as âsafeguards confidential.â It has not distributed these sensitive documents, nor do we expect it to do so. The United states has championed the principle of safeguards confidentiality throughout the IAEAâs existence to protect both proprietary and proliferation-sensitive information. For the IAEA to do its job, the countries subject to inspection have to know their patented or proprietary information wonât be stolen because they are released in IAEA documents, and they must be confident that information provided to the IAEA about their nuclear facilities will not compromise the safety or security of those facilities. The IAEAâs approach on this issue has been standard in past cases, including cases involving sensitive nuclear activities.
Right now, Congress has everything that the Obama administration has, and the State Department formally delivered the text of the Iran deal, all of its annexes, and related materials. You can also read the Iran deal here.
Got that Congress?