(CNSNews.com) – The depth of mistrust over the Iran nuclear agreement announced in Switzerland was quickly evident Thursday, with Iran’s top nuclear negotiator accusing the Obama administration of spinning what had been agreed upon as the basis for a final text.
Shortly after the announcement, the State Department issued a fact sheet which laid out the U.S. view of the framework of a final deal, to be called the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” (JCPOA).
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, appeared to be unimpressed.
“The solutions are good for all, as they stand,” he tweeted. “There is no need to spin using ‘fact sheets’ so early on.”
Although the tweet did not identify the U.S. by name, no other member of the P5+1 negotiating group, which comprises the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, had issued a similar fact sheet on the JCPOA.
The State Department fact sheet was far more detailed than the comparable portion of a statement issued jointly by Zarif on behalf of his government and European Union (E.U.) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on behalf of the P5+1.
The pertinent part of the statement by Zarif and Modherini was just 290 words long, while the State Department’s was about 1,318 words in length.
One example of what Zarif described as U.S. “spin” dealt with the future of nuclear-related sanctions now imposed on Iran.
The U.S. fact sheet said that “U.S. and E.U. nuclear-related sanctions will be suspended after the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] has verified that Iran has taken all of its key nuclear-related steps. If at any time Iran fails to fulfill its commitments, these sanctions will snap back into place.”
But the Zarif-Modherini statement said: “The E.U. will terminate the implementation of all nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions and the U.S. will cease the application of all nuclear-related secondary economic and financial sanctions, simultaneously with the IAEA-verified implementation by Iran of its key nuclear commitments.”
That difference – the E.U. suspending sanctions versus the E.U. terminating sanctions – was highlighted in another tweet by the Iranian foreign minister, in which he emphasized the words “terminate” and “all.”
“Iran/P5+1 statement: ‘The E.U. will TERMINATE the implementation of ALL nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions.’ How about this?” Zarif wrote.