July 27, 2015
Will Iran Self-Inspect Its Nuclear Program?– Jonathan S. Landay and William Douglas (McClatchy)
In a closed briefingon Tuesday, lawmakers were told that Iran would collect samples sought by the IAEA from Parchin, a military base near Tehran where suspected weapons-related research was once conducted.
“They’re going to be able to test by themselves. Even the NFL wouldn’t go along with this,” said Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho). “We’re going to trust Iran to do this?”
See also Iran Unlikely to Address Suspicions of Secret Weapons Program – Jay Solomon (Wall Street Journal)
The U.S. will never get to the bottom of Iran’s efforts to build an atomic weapon, and Tehran won’t be pressed to fully explain its past.
In a report to Capitol Hill last week, the administration said it was unlikely Iran would admit to having pursued a covert nuclear weapons program, and that such an acknowledgment wasn’t critical to verifying Iranian commitments in the future.
Under the deal, Tehran is required by mid-October to give UN inspectors access to Iranian scientists, military sites and documents tied to a covert nuclear-weapons program in order to have international sanctions repealed.
Outside nuclear experts said understanding Iran’s past nuclear work was critical to verifying the new agreement because it establishes a baseline for what Tehran has done in the past.