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No Side Deals Turned Over, No 60 Day Congressional Review Triggered. No 60 Day Congressional Review, No Waiver of Sanctions.

September 1, 2015
Press Release

Patchogue, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C- Shirley, NY-1), today reissued his call on the Obama Administration to turn over to Congress the side deals between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran, outlining the inspection and verification regime under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Congressman Zeldin is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, and Terrorism, Non-Proliferation and Trade Subcommittee. Rep. Zeldin also serves as Co-Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus.

“No side deals turned over, no 60 day Congressional review triggered. No 60 day Congressional review, no waiver of sanctions,” said Congressman Zeldin. “It’s the law.”

No side deals turned over, no 60 day Congressional review triggered.

Before the Iran nuclear deal was finalized, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. Under this law, 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)). Submitting the entire agreement triggers the 60 day Congressional review period. This hasn’t happened yet.

No 60 day Congressional review, no waiver of sanctions.

Under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, the President cannot waive statutory sanctions before the 60 day Congressional review period concludes. By law, the clock has not yet started.

Why are the side deals important?

“The President says the Iran nuclear agreement is a deal that is not built on trust; it is built on verification. So how can anyone support this deal without knowing the inspection and verification regime as outlined in the side deals between the IAEA and Iran?” asked Congressman Zeldin. 

Even Secretaries Kerry, Moniz and Lew admitted at a recent House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that they had not yet read these important side deals.