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January 23, 2014 - 12:38 pm

White House press secretary Jay Carney brushed off the Iranian foreign minister’s claims that there is no dismantling of their nuclear program in the p5+1 agreement.

Mohammad Javad Zarif told CNN during an interview in Davos that “the White House version both underplays the concessions and overplays Iranian commitments.”

“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. “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.”

Zarif urged the CNN reporter to read the agreement, but the White House won’t release the text — claiming that the P5+1 agreed there was some technical information in the document that should remain classified.

“We’ve said before that we expected the Iranian government to spin the commitments they made under the joint plan of action for their domestic political purposes,” Carney told reporters in today’s briefing.

“When it comes to the commitments Iran has made as part of the joint plan of action and the implementation of it, we’ve always been clear that the first step would halt progress on Iran’s nuclear program and roll it back in key respects, stopping the advance of the program for the first time in nearly a decade, and introducing unprecedented transparency into Iran’s nuclear activities while we negotiate a long-term, comprehensive solution,” he said. “Now, we have also been clear that as part of the comprehensive agreement, should it be reached, Iran will be required to agree to strict limits and constraints on all aspects of its nuclear program, to include the dismantlement of significant portions of its nuclear infrastructure in order to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon in the future.”

“So I think the dismantlement aspect of this has to do with a comprehensive solution. The agreements that Iran made as part of the joint plan of action, the initial agreement with the P5-plus-one have been clearly spelled out, and how Iranian officials want to characterize it, I think, has to be viewed through the prism of their — the audience they’re speaking to.”

Carney said what matters “is what Iran actually does, and whether or not it adheres to the commitments it makes.”

Still, he said, all reporters would see is a “summary” of the agreement.

“We have provided that text to members of Congress and we provided a summary of that text to the public. This is a document that the IAEA is basically — guidance for the IAEA for the implementation of the joint plan of action,” Carney said.

After Carney claimed that Iran’s comments in the English-language interview were just meant to appease a domestic audience inside Iran, one reporter asked if CNN is broadcast outside of Iran.

“Uh-huh,” Carney responded.

“It’s not just domestic political consumption if they’re talking to a broader audience,” the reporter noted.

“How the leaders characterize the agreement matters far less to us than whether or not they meet their commitments in the agreement,” Carney said.

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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"“We’ve said before that we expected the Iranian government to spin the commitments they made under the joint plan of action for their domestic political purposes,” Carney told reporters in today’s briefing."
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With that moronic statement - how did you ever expect them to stick with any agreement?

Stupid is as stupid does - and your clown-boss proves it on a daily basis.

I cannot wait for this moron to pack up and let the next resident move in. And at this point I'm not even sure I'd mind another democrat if its a 'reasonable' democrat - they do exist don't they?

Maybe not eh?


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Caesar Augustus Obama once again tries to pull the curtain over his illegal operations. Yep, treaties don't need Senatorial agreement. Just 0's little signature and that is that. The American people get screwed once again.
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Maybe we should ask the Iranians to release a copy of the treaty?

It's a disgrace that the Obama regime would sign a treaty that it's afraid to make public.
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After WWI there was general agreement that there would be no more secret agreements as that was felt to be a contributing factor.

Oh great, another datum point that we're approaching 1914.
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This agreement is a foreign treaty which must have approval from the Senate to be ratified. Or is Obama not gonna submit it to the Senate?
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