- The White House published its ‘fact sheet’ on the nuclear agreement a day before the text of the pact was officially released
- The Obama administration claimed the agreement ‘halts the progress of Iran’s nuclear program’
- Iran insists that it hasn’t given up its right to enrich uranium
- The Islamic republic’s chief nuclear scientist now says enrichment will actually increase
- Obama claimed Saturday that Iran ‘will halt work at its plutonium reactor’
- But Iran now says work at that facility ‘will continue’
- ‘Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,’ says a National Security Council spokeswoman
PUBLISHED: 08:14 EST, 27 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:15 EST, 27 November 2013
Iranian officials claimed on Tuesday that the Obama administration concocted a fact sheet on a landmark nuclear agreement that doesn’t match what they endorsed over the weekend.
Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said the version of the pact released by the White House ‘is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action.’
At issue are several differences between the White House’s summary of the accord and the plain text of the agreement between Iran, the U.S. and five other industrialized nations – specifically the administration’s claim that Iran has agreed to stop enriching uranium for the next six months.
On Saturday evening the White House said in a statement that Western nations and Iran had ‘reached a set of initial understandings that halts the progress of Iran’s nuclear program and rolls it back in key respects.’
President Obama delivered an address 17 minutes later, announcing that under the agreement, ‘Iran cannot use its next-generation centrifuges, which are used for enriching uranium.’
He also said the Islamic republic ‘will halt work at its plutonium reactor.’
On Tuesday Iran released what it says is the actual agreement, and insisted it had made no such commitments.
‘This agreement that has just been signed mentions that Iran is fully entitled to the right of enrichment and it will never quit its rights in the future,’ Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the following day in Geneva.
He said Wednesday that the White House misrepresented the Geneva negotiations. ‘They released that fact sheet because they wanted to make their desired changes in it,’ he told Iran’s parliament in a closed briefing.
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