NCRI - Some 368 Members of the US House of Representatives have written to President Barack Obama, stressing that any international nuclear deal with the Iranian regime must ensure that international inspectors can visit all Iranian military bases, Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has said.
Mr. Royce, a Republican Congressman from California, told 'Sunday Morning Futures' on FOX NEWS: "So far, Iran has turned down all of the four key objectives that the United States had in this agreement, including having inspectors on military bases and the ability to go anywhere, any time for those international inspectors. That has flatly been turned down by the ayatollah. ... But at the same time, every other key objective has been turned down. The agreement now would apparently lift sanctions at the front end instead of at the back end of the agreement, thus giving Iran an enormous amount of money and the IAEA will not get their 12 questions answered about Iran's ongoing nuclear program, the tests they've already done."
"So this has been quite a blunder so far in terms of our handling of the negotiation on the US side," Mr. Royce said. "The international inspectors apparently will not have the ability to go onto military bases. And this is the same problem we had with the North Korean agreement. In the North Korean agreement, the inability to actually access sites led to North Korea getting a nuclear weapon."
Fox News' senior correspondent, Eric Shawn, told the program: "Despite their protestations of optimism, more potential deal breakers come from Iran's defiant supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. No inspections of military sites, no interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists, no 10 year nuclear restrictions, which, by the way, has already been agreed to. And the lifting of all sanctions immediately when that deal is signed."
"Critics predict that would help Iran further fund terrorism and say the White House needs to heed the warnings of the Iranian opposition, like the group, The National Council of Resistance of Iran, instead of relying on Teheran's claims it does not want to develop a nuclear bomb," he said.
Mr. Shawn pointed out that the June 30 deadline for an international agreement has slipped further back to July 9 when the agreement has to be submitted for Congressional review.
Asked whether a postponement of the deadline for several days would make a difference to the outcome of the talks, Mr. Royce said: "I think this is all the zeal for the deal. We saw the same attitudes in dealing with the North Korean regime at the time."
"The warning signs were there. Without verification, without the ability to have international inspectors go onto those military sites and be able to get the questions answered, without the ability to talk to those Iranian scientists, this deal wouldn't be worth the paper it is written on and the result would be the same as the North Korean agreement," he said.
"So I think now is the time for the United States to push back. The administration has had a warning. I sent a letter, with 367 co-authors on that letter, to the president's desk. That's the vast majority of the House saying the four things that need to be in this agreement, and I detailed them, they're not in that agreement. We need to push back now with the international community and get verification."