Did the Iranians threaten IAEA director with personal harm to prevent side-deal disclosures?

posted at 4:41 pm on August 18, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

Normally, one might write this off as a rumor spread by opponents of the nuclear agreement with Iran, an attempt to remind people of the folly of dealing with a gangster government. Normally, that is, except the source for this story comes from the state-run media that answers directly to the mullahs of Iran. Fars News Agency quoted an official from Iran’s nuclear agency that they had warned Yukiya Amano of being “harmed” if he let slip the details of the side deals to US policymakers:

“In a letter to Yukiya Amano, we underlined that if the secrets of the agreement (roadmap between Iran and the IAEA) are revealed, we will lose our trust in the Agency; and despite the US Congress’s pressures, he didn’t give any information to them,” Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said in a meeting with the Iranian lawmakers in Tehran on Monday.

“Had he done so, he himself would have been harmed,” he added.

Note the emphasis on he himself. Kamalvandi apparently chose not to aim more at Amano’s credibility, or the necessary relationship with the Iranians to conduct inspections under the agreement. In its English-language form — again, presented by the Iranians themselves — that sounds like a personal threat.

Of course, this could be a poor translation of what Kamalvandi said, if he actually said anything at all. But the fact that the mullahs put this out for domestic and international consumption in this form says something about their intent and situation. They seem eager to push the notion that Iran is in control of everything on the ground, including the IAEA inspection regime, an implication that might complicate matters for Barack Obama and John Kerry in Congress. This seems more aimed at reassuring hardliners at home, though, rather than bullying people in the process.

Still, it would be dangerous to presume that the Iranians don’t mean it exactly as they framed it here, or that it didn’t actually happen this way. Adam Kredo makes that point today for the Washington Free Beacon:

Amano was in Washington recently to brief members of Congress and others about the recently inked nuclear accord. However, he did not discuss the nature of side deals with Iran that the United States is not permitted to know about.

Iran apparently threatened Amano in a letter meant to ensure he did not reveal specific information about the nature of nuclear inspections going forward, according to Iranian AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi.

This disclosure has only boosted suspicions among some that the Iranians are willing and able to intimidate the top nuclear watchdog and potentially undermine the verification regime that Obama administration officials have dubbed a key component of the nuclear accord.

That might put more pressure on Obama’s allies on Capitol Hill to explain how inspections will work while the Iranian mullahcracy — the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world — issues threats against the lives of those who will oversee them. That would be more true if other news outlets picked up the story, but thus far (as of 12:40 this afternoon), only Fox News and Power Line have commented on it at all besides the WFB. Does the US intend to allow Iran to openly bully officials and brag about the outcomes by agreeing to go along with this deal?


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Not those peace loving Muslim Iranians?….naw.

How you think Kerry’s leg was broken…? LOL

d1carter on August 18, 2015 at 4:46 PM

Traitor Obama new best friends…

mnjg on August 18, 2015 at 4:47 PM

I’m guessing Obama did, even if the Iranians didn’t.

MassConservative on August 18, 2015 at 4:49 PM

Barack “The future must no belong to those insult the prophet of islam” Hussein Obama is fine with this development. For reasons we may never know or truly understand.

YahwehPundit on August 18, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Iranians 1
obama 0, always a zero
America 0

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2015 at 4:51 PM

Kerry awaits his Nobel.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2015 at 4:52 PM

Meanwhile, Iranian officials disclosed on Monday that any nuclear inspector entering Iran on behalf of the IAEA would first have to be screened by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry.

Iran additionally will be given 24 days notice before inspectors enter any site suspected of being used to build a nuclear weapon. U.S. inspectors also will be banned from entering suspicious sites under the deal.

I think Vanilla Ice had more bargaining power outside Shug Knight’s window.

cbenoistd on August 18, 2015 at 4:54 PM

Does the US intend to allow Iran to openly bully officials and brag about the outcomes by agreeing to go along with this deal?

Of course, it’s what friends do for friends…

Athos on August 18, 2015 at 4:55 PM

Who cares about drivel like this when Trump has a nation to save.

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I would post a link but hotgas censors all links to cnn and I’m not going to take 30 seconds out to do a tiny url.

VorDaj on August 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM

The West getting lessons in how the world really works. We’re going to have real problems if these guys get the capability to create nuclear devices.

DFCtomm on August 18, 2015 at 5:01 PM

Does the US intend to allow Iran to openly bully officials and brag about the outcomes by agreeing to go along with this deal?

I think Obama would sacrifice his first born to keep this deal on track.

jnelchef on August 18, 2015 at 5:07 PM

Sounds an awful lot like our government under the tyrant B. Heussein Obama. Only Obama threatens his own peopl..er subjects.

jukin3 on August 18, 2015 at 5:07 PM

Iranians kick sand while playing in the same sand box as bams… what a surprise.

31giddyup on August 18, 2015 at 5:09 PM

I’m guessing Obama did, even if the Iranians didn’t.

MassConservative on August 18, 2015 at 4:49 PM

Imakillya Khamenei and Jugears Ojesus. The new Dynamic Demonic Duo.

hillbillyjim on August 18, 2015 at 5:10 PM

IraniumPersianThugs Vrs. ProgressiveSocialistThugs!!

canopfor on August 18, 2015 at 5:11 PM

IRANIANS: See all those components for a nuclear weapon that are stashed over there? You don’t see them. And you won’t report them. Because if you do – harm will be done to you… and your family.

IAEA INSPECTOR: I see nothing!

Hill60 on August 18, 2015 at 5:12 PM

Obama: “If they bring a knife to a fight, we bring an Iranian Nuclear Agency Official.”

LetsBfrank on August 18, 2015 at 5:14 PM

It’s what terrorists do…

… Why is that so hard to understand?

Seven Percent Solution on August 18, 2015 at 5:15 PM

IraniumPersianThugs Vrs. ProgressiveSocialistThugs!!

canopfor on August 18, 2015 at 5:11 PM

ProgressiveSocialistThugs ♥♥♥ IraniumPersianThugs !!

hillbillyjim on August 18, 2015 at 5:17 PM

Did iran threaten him with personal harm??? Lol!! What are they gonna do? Shove an icbm up his rectum???

Indiana Jim on August 18, 2015 at 5:19 PM

We can trust such people to be honest and forthright.

Bishop on August 18, 2015 at 5:20 PM

ProgressiveSocialistThugs ♥♥♥ 143 IraniumPersianThugs !!

hillbillyjim on August 18, 2015 at 5:17 PM

Translated into modern cell phone parlance.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 18, 2015 at 5:28 PM

I would post a link but hotgas censors all links to cnn and I’m not going to take 30 seconds out to do a tiny url.

VorDaj on August 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/tinyurl-generator/

if on firefox or variant its literally easier then copy and pasting the org link.
click button/icon then paste.
thats it.
no hightlight url then click then copy (or control-c) just click icon and paste

dmacleo on August 18, 2015 at 5:38 PM

huh I somehow put quotes in wrong spot.
yet preview showed it fine.
oh well

dmacleo on August 18, 2015 at 5:39 PM

An offer the American people can’t refuse.

Oxymoron on August 18, 2015 at 5:42 PM

Does the US intend to allow Iran to openly bully officials and brag about the outcomes by agreeing to go along with this deal?

That’s The Chicago Qom Way.

Steve Eggleston on August 18, 2015 at 5:42 PM

dmacleo on August 18, 2015 at 5:38 PM

Thanks.

VorDaj on August 18, 2015 at 5:57 PM

IraniumPersianThugs Vrs. ProgressiveSocialistThugs!!

canopfor on August 18, 2015 at 5:11 PM

I misread.I thought it was IraniumPersianRugs

docflash on August 18, 2015 at 6:01 PM

There was never any chance that the UN would co-operate with us…They’re the UN

It’s the side deal with Obama that we have to worry about

halfbaked on August 18, 2015 at 6:22 PM

The Choom gang vs. the Qom gang is Kabuki theater…Both want death for America

In Hoc Signo Vinces on August 18, 2015 at 6:32 PM

I think Obama is wandering through his own fantasy version of “The Undiscovered Country”, where he’s playing the role of a hybrid Kirk/Spoc character who is trying to make peace with the Klingons.

Of course, conservatives are cast in the role of the guys with gravity boots.

BobMbx on August 18, 2015 at 7:33 PM

Don’t tell me words don’t matter!

I recall Obama making that statement a while back. But like most things with him, it must have had an expiration date.

LouisianaLightning on August 19, 2015 at 8:59 AM