Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal is flaring over revelations of a secret side agreement involving Iranian inspections. But House Democrats are shrugging off the report and claiming they have the votes to back up Obama anyway. The Associated Press reported Wednesday on a previously undisclosed side deal between Iran and the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency
that would allow Tehran to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms. The revelation, based on a document seen by the AP, riled Republican lawmakers who have been severely critical of the broader agreement to limit Iran’s future nuclear programs — signed by the Obama administration, Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the wider deal is unwisely built on trust of the Iranians, while the administration has insisted it depends on reliable inspections.