Senator to Kerry: ‘You’ve been fleeced’

Kerry’s fellow witness, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, made the astonishing claim that the U.S. hadn’t really made an agreement with Iran on inspections, and essentially admitted the administration had no idea how they would be conducted.


That was the result of a series of exchanges that began with Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., asking Kerry if it was true that Iran would be providing the samples for international inspectors.


In reference to a recently revealed secret side deal kept hidden from Congress, Kerry said the issue of samples would be part of a confidential agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA.


Menendez replied, “If that’s true, it’s the fox guarding the hen coop.”


Kerry said the administration had confidence in the IAEA.


But Corker complained that Congress did not even have a copy of the agreement to ascertain whether the inspection process would be effective.


“We want to see it,” chimed in top committee Democrat Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland.


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