Obama adviser: We never sought ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to Iran sites

In case you were still wondering who the winner in this ‘deal’ may be:



A top adviser to US President Barack Obama claimed Tuesday that the US had never sought co-called “anytime, anywhere” inspections of all suspect Iranian sites in the newly signed nuclear accord. His comments came in marked contrast to statements he made to Israeli television in April.

“We never sought anytime/anywhere inspections,” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told CNN’s Erin Burnett in a televised interview defending the new Iran nuclear deal.

Pressing Rhodes on his response, Burnett asked him, “But the bottom line then is, you’re saying you never went for anytime, anywhere?”

“This has the most robust inspections and verification regime that we’ve ever had in this time of agreement that we’ve negotiated,” Rhodes said of the new deal, without directly answering her question.

The lack of guaranteed immediate access, under the terms of Tuesday’s deal, to any and every suspect Iranian site is one of the issues being cited by critics of the agreement. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday highlighted the issue in a Knesset speech: “For example, the agreement gives Iran 24 days’ [notice] before an inspection; it’s like giving a criminal organization that produces drugs a 24-hour warning before performing a search,” he said.

And Netanyahu’s point man on Iran, Minister Yuval Steinitz, called the inspection provisions “worse than worthless,” and said they actually helped Iran.

Full article: Obama adviser: We never sought ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to Iran sites (The Times of Israel)

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