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Congress Investigating Obama Iran Deal

Congress Investigating Obama Iran Deal
People attend a rally organized by the Tea Party Patriots against the Iran nuclear deal in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 9, 2015. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 04 April 2016 12:39 PM

Congress is investigating whether the Obama administration has been offering concessions or rewriting the terms of the nuclear deal with Iran, reported the Washington Free Beacon.

"The gap between their promises on the Iran nuclear deal and today's scary reality continues to widen," said Rep. Mike Pompeo. "We are now trying to determine whether this was intentional deception on the part of the administration or new levels of disturbing acquiescence to the Iranians."

One issue is Secretary of State John Kerry's claim that ballistic tests were part of the deal, but the administration's later commented that they are outside the deal.

Hamid Baeedinejad, Iran's director general for political and international security affairs at foreign ministry, said to Fars News Agency that their ballistic missile program is outside the ban.

Another issue centers around Treasury Department statements that suggest the U.S. is allowing Iran access to the U.S. financial system after Iran demanded it.

"The Obama administration is involved in yet another sleight of hand on sanctions relief as well as the status of U.N. missile sanctions," said Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin pointed out the "legal distinction" in the deal's wording.

He said, "A call is different from a ban so legally you cannot violate a call, you can comply with a call or you can ignore the call, but you cannot violate a call."

The lawmakers rejected that claim, saying it allows Iran "to do anything it wants."

President Barack Obama criticized Iran leaders for not following the "spirit" of the deal, reported The Hill

"Iran so far has followed the letter of the agreement, but the spirit of the agreement involves Iran also sending signals to the world community and businesses that it is not going to be engaging in a range of provocative actions that are going to scare businesses off," Obama said.

Yousef Al Otaiba, ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, wrote in the Wall Street Journal that "behind all the talk of change, the Iran we have long known — hostile, expansionist, violent — is alive and well."

"If the carrots of engagement aren't working," Al Otaiba continued, "we must not be afraid to bring back the sticks."

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