Boehner blasts 'side agreements' between Iran and IAEA

Greg Nash

Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession MORE (R-Ohio) on Wednesday increased pressure on the White House to release "secret side agreements" between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Congress after the details of one such deal were divulged to a reporter. 

“The Obama administration has a lot of explaining to do. Why haven’t these secret side agreements been provided to Congress and the American people for review?" BoehnerJohn BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession MORE said in a statement. 

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An Associated Press report said the agreement it obtained would allow Tehran to use its own inspectors to investigate a military site where Iran is suspected to have worked on developing a nuclear weapon, which the nation has denied. 

Boehner blasted the reported arrangement. 

"Why should Iran be trusted to carry out its own nuclear inspections at a military site it tried to hide from the world? How does this not set a precedent for future inspections at suspicious military sites in Iran?" he said. 

The IAEA's agreements with Iran have remained a thorn in the administration's side as it tries to win congressional approval for the deal.

Republicans and some Democrats have argued that the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act requires the administration to submit all documents related to the nuclear deal, including any "side agreements." 

The administration says the arrangements, which resolve questions on Iran's past work on a nuclear bomb, are standard agreements that are classified to parties other than Iran and the IAEA. 

Administration officials have briefed lawmakers on their contents, but Republicans have expressed alarm over the provisions, such as one that would allow Iran to hand over samples of soil at the military facility, which critics say is akin to professional athletes providing their own urine samples for drug testing. 

Boehner called the administration's briefings "insufficient."  

“President Obama boasts his deal includes ‘unprecedented verification.’ He claims it’s not built on trust. But the administration’s briefings on these side deals have been totally insufficient — and it still isn’t clear whether anyone at the White House has seen the final documents," he said. 

"The American people and their representatives in Congress have serious questions about whether this nuclear agreement will keep our country safe, and it’s time for this administration to provide honest answers," he said.