The PJ Tatler

Iran Denounces White House 'Fact Sheet' on Deal as Not Very Factual

Iran’s foreign ministry said today that the “fact sheet” released by the White House isn’t correctly representing the nuclear deal it signed.

“What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet 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 (the title of the Iran-powers deal), and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said, according to Fars News Agency.

After the White House released that fact sheet early Sunday, Tehran released what it says is the full text of the agreement.

And Iran stressed it had not signed over any enrichment rights, while the White House said Iran did not have a right to enrich uranium.

Afkham said Tehran is not happy that Washington strayed from the actual wording of the agreement, which is why negotiations were delicate in the first place.

From Los Angeles today, White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed that President Obama and his staff have been calling “senior members of Congress” to “brief them on the situation” — namely, to try to convince them to not pass new sanctions on Iran.

“While we have been traveling over the course of Sunday, Monday, now Tuesday, senior members of the President’s national security team at the White House have been in touch with many members of Congress to describe to them our position as it relates to these talks and how we see — and what we see as the best path for moving forward,” Earnest said.

“Because of the phased agreement that we’ve struck with them, the Iranians will not use additional talks as cover to make progress on their nuclear program,” he added. “So we have before us a really important if not historic opportunity to resolve this situation peacefully.  So we’ve got a very important six months ahead of us here, and this diplomatic opportunity should not be complicated by additional sanctions legislation at this point.”