After the Associated Press revealed the stunning details of the "secret" side arrangement between the U.N. and Iran Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz unloaded on the Obama administration and it's "catastrophic nuclear deal."
"Enough," declared Cruz in a statement to TheBlaze. "Enough of the concessions, capitulations and backroom deals that make up President Obama’s catastrophic nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran."
"The most recent revelation that Iran will be selecting its own inspectors to verify the nature of its nuclear program is made all the more egregious by the fact that as the single largest contributor to the IAEA (support that is mandated in the JCPOA) United States taxpayers will be paying for a farce that is a direct threat to their own security," said Cruz.
"This is not a partisan issue. It is not about President Obama’s political legacy. It is about the future of our country, and that of our allies," Cruz concluded. "We have to stop this disastrous deal."
Cruz was responding in part to AP's revelation that the side arrangement between the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran "diverges from normal inspection procedures" by "essentially ceding the agency's investigative authority to Iran." Having obtained access to the previously withheld agreement, AP reported on the "unusual" decision by the UN to allow Iran to "use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms."
The Obama administration responded by saying it was "confident" with the terms of the side deal and continued to dismiss the characterize the "technical" arrangement as a "standard" despite clearly being anything but.
"As the administration has said before—including in classified briefings for both chambers of Congress—we are confident in the agency’s technical plans for investigating the possible military dimensions of Iran’s former program, issues that in some cases date back more than a decade," said White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price Wednesday. "Just as importantly, the IAEA is comfortable with arrangements, which are unique to the agency's investigation of Iran's historical activities. When it comes to monitoring Iran’s behavior going forward, the IAEA has separately developed the most robust inspection regime ever peacefully negotiated to ensure Iran’s current program remains exclusively peaceful, the overarching objective of the JCPOA. Beyond that, we are not going to comment on a purported draft IAEA document."