McCain: ‘Absolutely Astounding’ that Moniz Hasn’t Seen Iran Side Agreements


Senate Armed Forces Committee chairman John McCain (R., Ariz.) told Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz it was "absolutely astounding" he hadn’t seen the side agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during a hearing Wednesday.

It has been discovered that the IAEA has several side agreements with Iran in regards to inspection procedures that are not available to members of Congress or the Obama administration.

"Are we going to be aware of those protocols?" McCain asked.

"First of all, I personally have not seen those documents," Moniz said.

"To be honest with you, that is absolutely astounding that you have not seen the documents that are about requirement for verification, Mr. Secretary," McCain said.

Moniz said the agreement requires Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA and that these side agreements are standard practice.

"What’s critical to all of us, Mr. Secretary, is that we have verification of the inspections of Iranian activities because they have a clear record of cheating," McCain said.

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