Secret Loopholes in the Iran Nuclear Deal

By Faye Higbee

The U.S. and its negotiating partners “secretly” agreed to overlook some of the restrictions placed on Iran in the nuclear deal, according to Reuters. In other words, they gave Iran a break on the amount and type of uranium they could retain.

Reuters reported,

The report, which was released by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, is based on information provided by several officials of governments involved in the negotiations. The group’s president David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector and co-author of the report, declined to identify the officials, and Reuters could not independently verify the report’s assertions.

“The exemptions or loopholes are happening in secret, and it appears that they favor Iran,” Albright said.

(Link to the report: here)

No big deal, right? Nothing to see here, move along…

The administration took exception to the group’s report. They are happy that Iran is now in compliance (so they say) with the sanctions and rules of the deal. But they weren’t on the day of implementation.

It appears that Iran was given an exemption so that the nuclear deal could be shoved through, even though they were not in compliance upon implementation of that deal.

The Institute for Science and International Security  wrote,

Most of the conditions were met by Iran. However, we have learned that some nuclear stocks and facilities were not in accordance with JCPOA limits on Implementation Day, but in anticipation the Joint Commission had earlier and secretly exempted them from the JCPOA limits. The exemptions and in one case, a loophole, involved the low enriched uranium (LEU) cap of 300 kilograms (kg), some of the near 20 percent LEU, the heavy water cap, and the number of large hot cells allowed to remain in Iran. One senior knowledgeable official stated that if the Joint Commission had not acted to create these exemptions, some of Iran’s nuclear facilities would not have been in compliance with the JCPOA by Implementation Day.

So there you have it, just one of the “secret backroom deals” everyone said existed. But are there ramifications? With a regime like Iran there always will be repercussions.


The Iran nuclear deal- the cost may be higher than we thought because of secret deals made by the P5-1 negotiating team. Photo via wikimedia commons.