'Even the NFL wouldn't go along with this'
International inspectors trying to determine whether Iran is conducting secret nuclear activities at its military sites will have to rely on material evidence provided by the Iranian government, according to a senator who attended a closed-door briefing with administration officials last week.
Sen. James Risch (R., Idaho) said at a Senate Foreign Relations hearing Thursday that Iran would be responsible for collecting its own samples from its military complex Parchin to turn over to international inspectors for nuclear residue testing.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and U.S. officials would not be allowed to independently collect the samples under the current agreement, Risch said.
Iran has been accused of carrying out nuclear detonations testing at Parchin, and the compound is at the center of an IAEA investigation into “possible military dimensions” of Iran’s nuclear program.
The hearing, which followed a classified briefing with administration officials earlier last week, was attended by Secretary of State John Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
“Let me tell you the worst thing about Parchin,” Risch said at the hearing. “What you guys agreed to was, we can’t even take samples there. IAEA can’t take samples there. They’re going to be able to test by themselves. Even the NFL wouldn’t go along with this.”
When pressed by Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) about whether this was accurate, Kerry said it was part of “a classified component” of the agreement that he could not publicly discuss.