The head of Iran’s parliamentary Commission on Foreign Policy and National Security, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, threatened the Trump administration regarding the release of documents related to the Iran nuclear deal. He said that if President Trump’s administration released any of the documents to the public it would constitute a violation.
He said: “If Trump wants to publish confidential documents exchanged between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, it will in fact constitute a violation of the agency’s obligations, because the agency has been committed not to make Iran’s confidential nuclear information and documents available to any country, including the US.”
He believes that the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gave their word that no details regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA) would be released to the public.
The Trump administration has already expressed its intentions of making some of the details public.
Why is Iran so scared about the information being made known? Well, firstly, details about the constraints and limitations on inspections of nuclear sites will be made public. Secondly, some of the information about Iran’s military could be damaging to the country.
Reports also indicate that some of the documents deal with the Iranian regime’s Parchin military complex. There is a lot of mystery surrounding Parchin and it was reportedly used to carry out activities related to nuclear weapons over ten years ago.
A fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Saeed Ghasseminejad, said: “The details of that deal showed unprecedented concessions by the U.S. to Iran which basically allowed Iran to be its own inspector at the Parchin facility.”
Speaking about the existence of more secret side deals, he said they could be in reference to “the sunset clause and may prove (…) Iran’s ability to acquire a nuclear bomb after a few years”.
He also believes that some of the secret information found in the secret side deals could be damaging to the Iranian regime, but adds that it could also damage the administration of Obama.
In a leaked document, the Foreign Minister of Iran, Javad Zarif, told the Iranian parliament that the former Secretary of State was very accommodating in negotiations with Iran. This is the nature of some of the documents that the Iranian and US governments do not want made public due to the outrage it would cause.
The mandate of the so-called Corker-Cardin compromise would legally allow President Trump to release information about the secret side deals that have not been classified but have been hidden. If President Trump made the public aware of details of the side deals, he would only be doing what President Obama should have done during his time in office.