No Separate Agreement With IAEA on Parchin

No Separate Agreement With IAEA on ParchinNo Separate Agreement With IAEA on Parchin

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said no exclusive agreement has been made with the International Atomic Energy Agency on the Parchin military site and it will be dealt with as part of the broader understanding reached with the UN agency.

"An understanding was reached with the IAEA and we will act within the framework of this understanding, of whose details the Supreme National Security Council is aware," Ali Akbar Salehi said.

"There exists no separate agreement or understanding (with the UN nuclear watchdog) on its inspection of Parchin" under the nuclear deal with major powers concluded last week in Vienna, he told ICANA on Friday.

This is while IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, announcing an agreement on a roadmap to resolve outstanding issues with Tehran, said on the day the accord was achieved that future access to the Parchin military site, which the agency had repeatedly sought, is part of a separate "arrangement".

In another development, US National Security Adviser Susan Rice said there are no "secret" side agreements to the nuclear pact between Iran and the IAEA, despite assertions by some US lawmakers.

She said the documents between Iran and the UN agency are not public, but that the US administration has been informed of 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 (documents) in full in a classified session with the Congress," the Hill quoted Rice as telling reporters. "So there's nothing in that regard that we know that they won't know."

Republicans have been demanding to see the Iran-IAEA agreements and have criticized President Barack Obama's administration for not yet making them public.

"That we are only now discovering that parts of this dangerous agreement are being kept secret begs the question of what other elements may also be secret and entirely free from public scrutiny," Sen. Tom Cotton said in a statement.

Congress is reviewing the Iran nuclear deal, which lifts sanctions on Tehran in exchange for its nuclear program becoming subject to temporary restrictions.

The talk of secret side deals could hurt administration efforts to defeat legislation aimed at undermining the deal. Rice took aim at the comments.

She said it is "no secret" that Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog are negotiating an agreement to address questions regarding Iran's past nuclear activities, adding this has always "been an issue between Iran and the IAEA" and was a sticking point in the nuclear talks.

Obama's top security adviser said all components of the deal the US negotiated have been shared with Congress.