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Kerry: We Don’t Have ‘Access’ to the ‘Actual Agreement’ on Iran Side Deals

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Tuesday at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran nuclear agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry admitted he does not have “access” to the secret deal between the IAEA and Iran on the enforcement of inspections and has only been briefed on the agreements when pressed by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX).

Exchange as follows:

POE: “The secret deal — Secretary Rice said that she has seen this deal with the IAEA and she’s going to share it with Congress. So if she’s seen it, have you seen it?”

KERRY: I don’t believe that the — Susan Rice, the national security adviser, has seen it. I think –”

POE: “–She said she did, six days ago. She said six days ago she had seen it and reviewed and that Congress will get to see it in a classified section. My question is: Have you seen it?”

KERRY: “No I haven’t seen it. I’ve been briefed on it. And –”

POE: “–But you haven’t read it, you haven’t seen it.”

KERRY: “No because it’s in the possession of the IAEA.”

POE: “Are you going to read it?”

KERRY: “We don’t have access to the actual agreement.”

POE: “But Secretary Rice has access to it, but you don’t have access to it –”

KERRY: “I don’t know about that.”

POE: “That’s just what she said. I’m just going on what she said!”

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