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Iran Nuclear Deal 60 Day Clock Hasn't Yet Started

August 27, 2015
Press Release
Congress Must First Receive the Rest of the Agreement, Which, By Law, Includes the Side Deals

Patchogue, NY – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1) released a statement today detailing that the 60 day review clock for Congress does not start until the side deals of the Iranian nuclear agreement are released, including those side deals regarding the inspection and verification regime established for the agreement between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran. 

Additionally, pursuant to the Iranian Nuclear Agreement Review Act (Public Law 114-17), Congress was supposed to receive the side deals within 5 calendar days of reaching the agreement, which still has not taken place.

Under the Iranian Nuclear Agreement Review Act, passed by Congress and signed by the President this year, Congress must be provided with the entire agreement including any agreements “entered into or made between Iran and any other parties.” Section 135(6)(h)(1)

“By law, with the President's own signature, it is crystal clear that the 60 day clock is not actually triggered until the entire agreement is turned over to Congress for review,” said Congressman Zeldin. “Until the President, pursuant to federal law, turns over the side deals between the IAEA and Iran, which is defined as part of the agreement, the 60 review clock has not yet started.”

Congress still hasn’t received the entire agreement as defined by Sec. 135 (6)(h)(1), which states: 

“AGREEMENT.—The term ‘agreement’ means an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran that includes the United States, commits the United States to take action, or pursuant to which the United States commits or otherwise agrees to take action, regardless of the form it takes, whether a political commitment or otherwise, and regardless of whether it is legally binding or not, including any joint comprehensive plan of action entered into or made between Iran and any other parties, and any additional materials related thereto, including annexes, appendices, codicils, side agreements, implementing materials, documents, and guidance, technical or other understandings, and any related agreements, whether entered into or implemented prior to the agreement or to be entered into or implemented in the future.” 

“This requirement is not be satisfied by a briefing; that is not the law,” continued Congressman Zeldin. “No member of Congress should blindly endorse an inspection and verification regime of which we still haven't fully seen the details.”

The Associated Press recently reported that Iran will be responsible for monitoring their own nuclear site at Parchin.

“The President himself has repeated time and again that this is not a deal built on trust; it is built on verification,” concluded Congressman Zeldin. “For me personally, I already know how fatally flawed this deal is and that it must not be approved. The legal process moving forward requires the release of the entire agreement if the President wants to trigger the 60 day Congressional review that will permit him to move forward with the deal. Congress must be able to read the side deals that outline the inspection and verification regime in order to decide whether to approve of the deal. The President, Iran and the IAEA must come clean by releasing the rest of the agreement that provides these critically important details.”

Congressman Zeldin is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, and Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee. Rep. Zeldin is also Co-Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, which currently has over 100 members.