A press release from Congressman Peter Roskam:
Roskam, Zeldin, Pompeo: No Side Deals, No Sanctions Relief
Reports Claim Iran Now Submitting Self-Collected Samples from Parchin to IAEA
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY), and Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) released the following statement after reports indicate that Iran has begun submitting self-collected samples from its Parchin military complex to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The news is consistent with an Associated Press report that one of the two Iran-IAEA side agreements never submitted to Congress allows Tehran to conduct critical portions of what should be independent, international inspections at Parchin—a site where Iran allegedly tested detonators needed to weaponize nuclear technology in the past.
“This report appears to confirm our grave concern that the Iran-IAEA side agreements permit Tehran to self-inspect its own nuclear sites.
“Without access to these documents it’s impossible to verify that necessary mechanisms are in place to ensure Iran will abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
“This is why, until the President complies with the law and provides the side agreements to Congress, we must keep the sanctions regime in place.”
The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 explicitly requires the President to submit any “side agreements” negotiated between “Iran and any other parties” to Congress prior to a mandated review period and vote, and before any statutory sanctions are lifted. As the law states:
- “Not later than 5 calendar days after reaching an agreement with Iran relating to the nuclear program of Iran, the President shall transmit to the appropriate congressional committees and leadership—(A) the agreement, as defined in subsection (h)(1), including all related materials and annexes;”
- “The term ‘agreement’ means an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran that includes the United States, commits the United States to take action, or pursuant to which the United States commits or otherwise agrees to take action, regardless of the form it takes, whether a political commitment or otherwise, and regardless of whether it is legally binding or not, including any joint comprehensive plan of action entered into or made between Iran and any other parties, and any additional materials related thereto, including annexes, appendices, codicils, side agreements, implementing materials, documents, and guidance, technical or other understands, and any related agreements, whether entered into or implemented prior to the agreement or to be entered into or implemented in the future;”