Israel complains it hasn’t gotten promised Iran deal info

Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel’s national security adviser said Israel had yet to receive all the annexes to the Iran nuclear agreement, but the Obama administration insists the whole deal is a matter of public record.

A statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said that the National Security Council’s chairman, Yossi Cohen, briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on various issues on Wednesday.

“He noted that contrary to assurances, the State of Israel has yet to receive all of the annexes to the agreement that was signed between Iran and the major powers,” the statement said.

Asked about the statement, a senior administration official emailed JTA a link to the agreement with all five of its annexes.

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“There are five annexes to the JCPOA, all of which are available here,” said the official, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached July 14 between Iran and six world powers.

Netanyahu’s government opposes the plan, saying that it endangers Israel, and is urging Congress to kill it. President Barack Obama has said he will veto any congressional bid to kill the plan.

Cohen may be referring to separate agreements between Iran and the United Nations nuclear monitoring agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency, to bring U.N. inspectors up to date on past Iranian nuclear activity.

The Obama administration said that the United States has not been privy to that agreement.

Eric Schultz, a White House spokesman, at a briefing Wednesday with reporters pushed back against complaints from Congress about the lack of information about the IAEA-Iran agreement.

“There is an arrangement specifically between the IAEA and other states that are confidential documents that the IAEA does not release,” Schultz said.

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