Iranian official on nuke deal: 'We did not agree to dismantle anything'
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted Wednesday that the Obama administration mischaracterizes concessions by his side in the six-month nuclear deal with Iran, telling CNN in an exclusive interview that "we did not agree to dismantle anything."Now, it is possible that the Iranian Foreign minister is the one that is lying here, but he did encourage the reporter to read the text of the agreement to back his claims. It would have been nice for the reporter to have done that, but that would be expecting an act of journalism - and one that, if the claim proved true, would put Teleprompter Jesus in a bad light.
Zarif told CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto that terminology used by the White House to describe the agreement differed from the text agreed to by Iran and the other countries in the talks -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.
What I did find funny was this part:
Responding to Zarif's comments to CNN, a senior administration official said "we expected that the Iranians would need to spin this for their domestic political purposes, and are not surprised they are doing just that."Hmmm. If, in fact, Zarif is correct and the White House is claiming things that are not borne out by the agreement, aren't they doing exactly what they're accusing the Iranian government of doing? Project much? Especially when the White House would benefit from having gotten Iran to sign an agreement to decelerate their nuclear program.
It's okay, though. The Obama administration has said that the Iranians are shutting down their nuclear program. And the Obama administration hasn't lied to us about anything, right? Not Fast & Furious, not IRS targeting political adversaries, not NSA spying, not Benghazi, nothing. They have been the very model of truthfulness their entire time in office, right?
I think, given their track record of truthfulness, we can expect that the Iranians will have a Mr. Fusion within months.
That is all.