Iranian Foreign Minister Accuses U.S. Of Lying About Nuclear Weapons Deal

| by Karen Eisenberg

The ink on the deal isn't even dry yet, but Iranian officials are apparently already disputing the details of the nuclear weapons agreement they made with the United States.

In an effort to force Iran to scale back its nuclear capabilities, the U.S. and a select group of European countries have agreed to possibly lift sanctions against the country in exchange for reducing its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98 percent, and confining enrichment activities to one location.  

World leaders are hoping to finalize the agreement by June 30, according to CNN.

During a speech from the White House Rose Garden this past week, President Barack Obama said “it is a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives.”

“This framework would cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon,” he added. "If Iran cheats, the world will know it."

John Kerry also felt good about the deal.

“People negotiated hard," the U.S. Secretary of State said to CNN. "It was tough, very intense at times, sometimes emotional and confrontational. It was a very intensive process, because the stakes are very high, and because there is a long history of not talking to each other. For 35 years, we haven't talked with the Iranians directly like this."

Despite the comments made by Obama and Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif took to Twitter to lash out against the Obama Administration.

In a series of tweets, Zarif criticized the U.S. for lying to the American people by way of a fact sheet. Zarif argues that it is untrue that the U.S. will gradually lift sanctions and contends that the U.S. has, instead, promised an immediate termination of sanctions, according to Free Beacon.

“Iran/5+1 Statement: ‘US will cease the application of ALL nuclear-related secondary economic and financial sanctions,'" Zarif posted to Twitter. "Is this gradual?” 

“Iran/P5+1 Statement: ‘The EU will TERMINATE the implementation of ALL nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions,'" Zarif added. "How about this?”

The proposed deal will next go to Congress for review.

Sources: CNN, Free Beacon

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