Congress seeking to ‘verify White House’ claims in Iran-IAEA deal

TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) – A former IAEA official has told Mehr News the ongoing debate between the White House and the US Congress has a very influential cause, Iran-IAEA deal, labeled ‘confidential’ by IAEA standards of conduct.

The former head of verification and security policy coordination at the International Atomic Energy Agency and now SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) new Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme Director Tariq Rauf responded to some questions about the current controversy between the Congress and the White House in US, believing that the Congress sought to know the exact phrasing in the arrangement II agreed by the Islamic State of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency on 11 July 2015 which allegedly allows Iran to implement inspections of its own nuclear site, according to a story published by Associated Press on Wednesday August 19.

The IAEA and US State Department have rejected the claims made in the AP big story. Rauf had also questioned the authenticity of the report in an interview with US daily Huffington Post on Thursday August 20.

Payman Yazdani of Mehr News International Service asked Mr. Rauf about these and other stories.

“Under the US Constitution, the US Congress has the mandate and authority to review and provide advice and consent on international treaties and agreements signed by the US Government. As the IAEA-Iran "road-map" and related separate arrangements concern the implementation of the JCPOA, the US Congress representatives would like to see the details to have the assurance that Iran's nuclear program will be under strict IAEA verification as claimed by the US administration,” he said.  

“In the international community, there is always some concern whether international treaties and agreements negotiated in good faith by the US administration will be supported by the US Congress, as Congressional support or endorsement is a legal requirement under the US Constitution, however on many occasions Congress tends to add interpretative statements or conditions/criteria to its 'advice and consent' which often is not appreciated by other parties to the legal treaties/agreements,” Tariq Rauf told Mehr News in his mailed response.

In response to the question what would be the real cause behind AP's big story  making the claims about possible Iranian upper hand in the deal with the IAEA, which riled the US Congress Republicans, Rauf said "ask the AP itself." 


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