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Dismantle? We thought you said don't handle!

White House Misstated Iran’s Position: ‘We Won’t Dismantle Anything’

Iran's foreign minister insists that the White House has misrepresented a major issue in the agreement between the P5+1 and Iran. VIDEO
Iran's foreign Minister Zarif insists that the White House misrepresented a key element of Iran's Agreement

Iran's foreign Minister Zarif insists that the White House misrepresented a key element of Iran's Agreement
Photo Credit: CNN screen capture

In a televised interview on Wednesday, Jan. 22, Iran’s foreign minister said that a fact sheet distributed by the White House mischaracterized what Iran agreed to do in the Interim Nuclear Agreement.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, told CNN’s chief national security correspondent that the Obama administration “tried to create a false impression” by claiming that Iran had agreed to “dismantle” the machinery that enabled it to enrich uranium above five percent.

The Iranian diplomat said that he was “not interested” in playing verbal games, while the White House was engaged in “underplaying its concessions and overplaying Iranian commitments.”

“We should all stick to what we all agreed on,” Zarif exclaimed.

Zarif insisted during Wednesday’s interview that Iran “did not agree to dismantle anything.”

The White House distributed a fact sheet in November, following the initial announcement of an Interim Agreement between the P5+1 and Iran regarding Iran’s nuclear program.  That fact sheet represented that the government of Iran had to halt all enrichment above 5%, dilute its stockpile of uranium that was enriched above 20 percent, and “dismantle the technical connections required to enrich above 5 percent.” “I challenge you to go through the entire text of the Agreement to find one single word that resembles ‘dismantling’,” Zarif exclaimed.

Of course, if Iran does not dismantle the machinery and connections it has made to process uranium to weapons grade enrichment levels, it can immediately return to high-level enrichment at any time, in the absence of an agreement or otherwise.

Whether there was a misunderstanding or if the Iranians have shifted their position, the shocking interview should provide significant weight to the sanctions bill that is currently in the Senate. That bill, known as the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act, has strong backing in the Senate, even amongst Democrats, but the Administration has been lobbying heavily against it.

Cong. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (Fla-23)(D) is one of the Administration’s biggest cheerleaders against the sanctions bill. However, in just about every speech she gave on behalf of President Obama during the fall campaign, she repeatedly emphasized the enormous significance of “this Administration” having passed the “most biting sanctions ever” on Iran.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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14 Responses to “White House Misstated Iran’s Position: ‘We Won’t Dismantle Anything’”

  1. MisStated??? How about LIED!!!

  2. Chris Ward says:

    “tried to create a false impression”

    No, we know this man well now, he lied.

  3. Anonymous says:

    what the hell is this author saying- go back and learn how to write lady

  4. Anonymous says:

    what is a recovered lawyer- an alcoholic ?

  5. Go back and learn to read and you'll know what she's saying. But first, have your mother teach you some manners.

  6. So after they get what they want from the first deal, they'll continue enriching uranium for another round of extortion. Then, they'll get a bomb for the final round of extortion. It's like haggling over the price of a bag of apples only to pay full price for a bag of crap. Iran's leaders will soon be saying, "How you like them apples?"

  7. Chaim Szmidt says:

    Leave it to the Iranians to outsmart every Liberal Western government.

  8. Chaim Szmidt says:

    Roasted Locust What do you expect from an Iranian shill?

  9. Rhonda Guidry Byerly says:

    This admin are such liars.

  10. Matt McLaughlin says:

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Society_&_Culture/NuclearThreshold.html

    Israel would follow a "last wire" concept, "whereby all the components for a weapon are at hand, awaiting only final assembly and testing."

  11. Roasted Locust That's great!!! AND what is "me" quibbling over HOW she wrote the article…It is the content that counts. Maybe "me' is a recovering or not lawyer…LOL!!!

  12. Did anyone think Iran was going thru with ANY agreement in the first place??? Their agenda is to ELIMINATE Israel and ALL the Jewish people…PERIOD!!!

  13. The NCRI is comprised of 25 committees that act as shadow ministries. The committees are responsible for expert research and planning for future Iran. For more information visit http://www.ncr-iran.org/en

  14. Gal Haliva says:

    תגיד לי אם אתה יודע אם אפשר לכתוב בעיתונות עם טעמי המקרא או לייצא לעיתונים אמריקאים באנגלית את טעמי המקרא:

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