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January 22, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has one way to the describe the nuclear agreement that he says is being mischaracterized by the White House: What dismantlement?

Zarif sat down with CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto in Davos today for the telling interview:

“The White House version both underplays the concessions and overplays Iranian commitments” under the agreement that took effect Monday, Zarif said in Davos, Switzerland, where he was attending the World Economic Forum.

As part of the deal, Iran was required to dilute its stockpile of uranium that had been enriched to 20%, well above the 5% level needed for power generation but still below the level for developing a nuclear weapon.

In addition, the deal mandated that Iran halt all enrichment above 5% and “dismantle the technical connections required to enrich above 5%,” according to a White House fact sheet issued in November after the initial agreement was reached.

Zarif accused the Obama administration of creating a false impression with such language.

“The White House tries to portray it as basically a dismantling of Iran’s nuclear program. That is the word they use time and again,” he said, urging Sciutto to read the actual text of the agreement. “If you find a single, a single word, that even closely resembles dismantling or could be defined as dismantling in the entire text, then I would take back my comment.”

According to the semi-official Fars News Agency, the agreement “underlined that the six world powers have recognized Iran’s enrichment program.” The White House has denied it recognized a right to enrich uranium.

Fars characterized Iran’s involvement as a “confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities” in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

 

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Does anyone actually believe their program is for peaceful power generation? This is either for nuclear weapons or for extortion. They are either after destroying someone or getting paid not to develop weapons. Either way it is not good news.
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I believe Zarif more than I would Obama, Clinton, Kerry, Rice, Wendy Sherman and the other keystone cops. Basically, the US surrendered to Iran in Geneva and told Iran they would discontinue sanctions and Iran could build nuclear weapons
13 weeks ago
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While it's likely that Iran is a liar, I think it's equally likely that obama is,too.
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It is insane to lift or "ease" sanctions in Iran ... but ... like Syria, Egypt, Libya and here at home; Islam gets the nod. What is it with Obama, Hillary and Kerry? Deliberately erring on the side of Islam EVERY time there is an opportunity to weaken the hold that Islam has ... the Muslim Brotherhood here at home is the MOST glaring example of malfeasance by this administration against the people of the U.S.A. Israel is reporting that it foiled an Al Qaeda plot to attack and blow-up our embassy over there ... I thought there'd at least be a "thank you" from our administration; but that would mean acknowledging that the "jayvee" Al Qaeda were acting more like professional assassins. Hey! Here's an idea! Let's name the enemy! Because right now, we're hamstrung by our own stupidity and our own ROE.
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When the White House and its allies refuse to release the actual text of the agreement, it is difficult to say the Iranians are mischaracterizing it.
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The only message the Iranians are going to understand clearly is how good our bunker-busting bombs are. The trouble is in delivering the message. Our feckless president is unlikely to send any such clear message.

Israel/Saudi Arabia *will* act. The only question is when.

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Golly, gee...I surely am quite disappointed.
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Team Smart Power just got outsmarted.
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"Nanny-nanny boo-boo, we're getting nukes & you can't stop us, nanny-nanny, boo-boo!"
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