Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday firmly criticized the White House for publishing what it said was a false version of the interim nuclear agreement reached early Sunday between Iran and the six world powers.
“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, and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true,” said a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman in Tehran, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, reached an interim deal Sunday — dubbed the Joint Plan of Action — whereby Iran agreed to curb much of its nuclear activity for six months, during which the sides will negotiate a final agreement.
In exchange, the West has agreed to give Tehran some relief from sanctions that have effectively crippled its economy. Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, including its ability to enrich uranium, a key step in making bombs, remains intact.
In its criticism, the Iranian Foreign Ministry was referring to a fact sheet outlining the parameters of the agreement, which was released by the White House shortly after the deal was announced on Sunday. Iran’s Foreign Ministry later released its own version of the full text of the agreement.