Tags: Iran | Zarif | Iran | dismantle | false

Iranian Minister: We Did Not Agree to Dismantle Nuke Program

Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 06:54 PM

By Greg Richter

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, says the United States' insistence that Iran agreed to dismantle its nuclear program is false.

In an interview Wednesday with CNN, Zarif said the White House has been exaggerating how much Iran gave up in a six-month deal struck in late November.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"The White House version both underplays the concessions and overplays Iranian commitment," he said.

The deal required Iran to dilute its uranium stockpile enriched to 20 percent. Only 5 percent enrichment is needed for nuclear power generation, which Iran says it is pursuing.

The United States and its allies are skeptical that the oil-rich country needs nuclear power, and suspects it is trying to build a nuclear weapons arsenal.

The deal also required Iran to stop all enrichment above 5 percent and "dismantle the technical connections required to enrich above 5 percent," the White House said just after the deal was reached. It took effect on Monday.

"Why don't we all stick to what we agreed? Why do we need to produce different texts?" Zarif said on CNN.

"The terminology is different," he said. "The White House tries to portray it as basically a dismantling of Iran's nuclear program. That is the word that they use time and again."

Story continues below video.

Zarif said anyone who reads the entire text of the agreement will not find such language.

"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 will take back my comment," he said.

What was actually agreed to, he told CNN, was that a connection here or there might be taken off the web of centrifuges that enrich uranium to higher and higher levels. They are tearing down no structures, he said, and have agreed only to pause operations above the 5 percent level.

Still, he said, he is 100 percent confident a long-term deal can be reached if both sides trust each other.

It isn't the first time the Iranians have disputed U.S. wording of the agreement. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said just after the agreement was signed that nuclear facilities would not be dismantled.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

AEI's Perle: Putin Trying to Put 'Humpty Dumpty Back Together'

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 19:51 PM

Time is of the essence in taking action against Russia for its military push into Ukraine because Russian President Vlad . . .

Three Americans Killed in Christian Hospital Attack in Afghanistan

Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 09:45 AM

Three Americans were killed on Thursday when a security guard opened fire at a Kabul hospital funded by a U.S. Christian . . .

Vatican: Pope Benedict Might Not Attend Dual Canonization

Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 09:06 AM

The Vatican has warned that there is a chance that the frail Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI may not attend the dual canoniza . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved