Iran ‘side deals’ fuel opposition to nuclear deal in Congress

Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal in the US Congress have accused the Obama administration of allowing “secret side-deals” between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the international nuclear watchdog, that make it impossible for them to properly scrutinise the deal.

Senior Republicans seized on the existence of the confidential roadmap agreements between Iran and the IAEA during acrimonious hearings on Capitol Hill where John Kerry, the US secretary of state, was accused of being “fleeced” by Iranian negotiators.

“We don’t even have a copy of the agreement to ascertain on behalf of the American people whether the IAEA process has any integrity. So it’s very disappointing,” said Bob Corker, chairman of the powerful senate foreign relations committee.