Facts Are Stupid Things 8.22.15
The Debate: An unconfirmed A.P. story told of an early draft of the nuclear agreement between Six Nations and Iran that according to the report would allow the Iranians to “self inspect” this facility.
The Skinny: Based on this unconfirmed report, the media-sphere is full of attacks asking how on earth we would make an agreement that allowed the Iranians to police their own nuclear facilities? The answer, according the the director of the IAEA is that no such condition exists. It is also important to note that Parchin burned to the ground in 2014. The exact circumstances surrounding it’s destruction are subject to debate. It is also important ot note that Parchin is not an currently active nuclear research site.
So What Happened?
Well, according to the IAEA big boss:
“I am disturbed by statements suggesting that the IAEA has given responsibility for nuclear inspections to Iran. Such statements misrepresent the way in which we will undertake this important verification work,” IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano said in an unusually strongly worded statement on Thursday.
Full Text Here: IAEA says report Iran to inspect own military site is ‘misrepresentation’
While Iranians would be involved, as with other agreements the IAEA operates under, that agency would have means of verification. For more on that read here:
http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/1U.S. acknowledges likely Iranian role in nuclear site inspections
For a more in depth look at this issue, read this Max Fisher piece on Vox.com:
The AP’s controversial and badly flawed Iran inspections story, explained
When it comes to the allegation that the six nation nuclear agreement allows the Iranians to self inspect their active nuclear research facilities, the stupid facts are: They do not.
On Iranian self inspection: you can now FactEmToDeath.