Some scientists stand behind the inspections process over the Iran deal. I am not impressed, as I noted.
But I really should be impressed with the innovative and--dare I say--unprecedented inspections process that we agreed to:
Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate [the Parchin nuclear site] it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press. ...
The agreement in question diverges from normal procedures by allowing Tehran to employ its own experts and equipment in the search for evidence of activities it has consistently denied — trying to develop nuclear weapons.
I'll pause while you ponder, "What the Ef?"
Yes, Iran gets to inspect the Parchin nuclear site and report back to the IAEA on whether they are violating the nuclear deal. By God, this really is unprecedented. And innovative, to say the least.
Remember, the side deals aren't secret--but we still can't see them.
But no worries. The Iranians probably have to report back within 24 days. That's the "stringent" part, I assume.
UPDATE: Well, no doubt:
On Tuesday, a report surfaced that Iran issued a threat to Yuko Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, that he should expect personal consequences if he revealed the details of the side deals his organization had struck with the Islamist state to Congress. Amano appears to have kept his word and kept silent about the outcome of negotiations about inspections of military sites in the country where nuclear research was being conducted.
And again, no doubt:
Inside Iran the new treaty is seen as a great victory and on the streets (and on the Internet) the average Iranian sees this as their well-deserved opportunity to get their nukes.
Those members of Congress who vote for this deal should be ashamed of themselves.
UPDATE: Oh, and here is the text of this side deal:
The above mentioned measures would be followed, as a courtesy by Iran, by a public visit of the Director General, as a dignitary guest of the Government of Iran, accompanied by his deputy for safeguards.
So Iran also agreed to a dog and pony show by the DG of the IAEA to Parchin--the only IAEA official to visit the site--to create the illusion that the IAEA inspected the site.
No word on whether Mr. Amano has been taken to an undisclosed location for his safety.