Two Republican politicians have claimed that the deal recently struck between leading world powers and Iran contains two secret side deals not presented to the US congress.
Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas made the allegations in a statement, which said the two deals were between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
One reportedly concerns the inspection of the country’s Parchin military complex, while the other details how the IAEA and Iran would resolve outstanding issues, the Blaze reported.
“In failing to secure the disclosure of these secret side deals, the Obama administration is asking Congress and the American people to trust, but not verify. What we cannot do is trust the terror-sponsoring, anti-American, outlaw regime that governs Iran and that has been deceiving the world on its nuclear weapons work for years,” Cotton claimed in a statement. “Congress’s evaluation of this deal must be based on hard facts and full information. That we are only now discovering that parts of this dangerous agreement are being kept secret begs the question of what other elements may also be secret and entirely free from public scrutiny.”
“The failure to disclose the content of these side agreements begs the question, ‘What is the Obama administration hiding?’ Even members of Congress who are sympathetic to this deal cannot and must not accept a deal we aren’t even aware of. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stand up and demand to see the complete deal,” added Pompeo.
The Republicans are hostile to the current agreement and are threatening to block its implementation by passing a law barring Obama from easing sanctions on Iran, according to the Associated Press.
“No serious person truly believes" that the United States faces a choice between implementing the agreement and going to war with Iran, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
President Obama has declared he would veto any legislation passed by Republicans. The Republicans would therefore require the support of two thirds of representatives in both houses in order to prevent the deal from coming in to force.