State Dept.: Iran could fund own nuclear inspections by IAEA

State Dept.: Iran could fund own nuclear inspections by IAEA
John Kerry and Mohammed Javad Zaeif in 2013. (Image: AP, Jason DeCrow via WaPo)

[Ed. – But it would be unsporting, of course, to point out that it’s him as pays the piper calls the tune.]

The Department of State on Tuesday left open the possibility that Iran could partially fund international inspections of its own contested nuclear sites, raising concerns that the Islamic Republic is being given too much control over the implementation of the recent deal reached with world powers.

John Kirby, a spokesman for the Department of State, declined to answer multiple questions about how international inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites would be paid for by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is requesting at least $10 million to carry out the work.

The United States will likely fund some portion of the cost, and Kirby left open the possibility that Iran could also foot some of the bill.

The matter has been the subject of much speculation in recent days after it came to light that Iran would be permitted to inspect its own nuclear sites, raising the possibility that Iran could continue to hide nuclear weapons work.

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