National Security Adviser Susan Rice admitted Wednesday that there are undisclosed "side deals" between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, as Republicans alleged, but dismissed the idea that they were truly "secret."
As TruthRevolt reported, two Republican lawmakers, Rep. Mike Pompeo (Kan.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.), called out the administration this week for failing to provide all the details of the Iran deal as required by the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act by withholding the "separate side deals" between Iran and the IAEA. Those deals could prove significant to the agreement, as they involve potential additional concessions to Iran and the Parchin military base, one of the most important sites in the country.
With the revelation threatening to hurt the administration's cause in Congress, Rice responded to the accusations Wednesday by admitting the side deals are in fact a part of the larger deal, but reassuring Congress that the administration would share the details with them in a classified briefing. The Hill reports:
Rice said the deals involve Iran accounting for past military uses of its nuclear program, but rejected GOP assertions that this represented “secret” side deals to the Iranian nuclear agreement.
Rice said the documents between Iran and the IAEA are not public, but the administration has been informed on their contents and will share details with members of Congress in a classified briefing on Capitol Hill.
"We’re satisfied with them and we will share the contents of those briefings in full in a classified session with the Congress," she told reporters. "So there's nothing in that regard that we know that they won't know."
Despite the administration being required by the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act to fully disclose all the terms of the deal, it took Republicans pressuring the administration to reveal these details. In his statement on the "secret side deals" Tuesday, Sen. Cotton said that the administration's initial decision to withhold the side deals "begs the question of what other elements may also be secret and entirely free from public scrutiny."