AP Was Right, Critics Were Wrong, About IAEA Side Deal

by Omri Ceren
August 21, 2015

….As the news cycle unfolded Thursday it became clear that the AP had the goods on the collapse to Iran. The AP restored the cut paragraphs and added a Washington angle. AP reporters started listing specific concessions confirmed by the document—and publicly daring critics to deny them. Meanwhile IAEA chief Yukiya Amano put out a statement that sought to defend the deal but very much did not deny the AP report. Then the afternoon press briefing happened, and again—as with Amano—State Department spokesman John Kirby pointedly declined to back the White House validators who had attacked the AP’s report…On a policy level, the side deal effectively trusts Iran to investigate its own violations, something that comes off as a bit absurd on its face…On a political level, that absurdity will confirm suspicions that the IAEA has been pressured by parties who want to put aside substantive concerns over the viability of the nuclear deal in order to preserve it at all costs. READ MORE

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