State Department spokesperson Jeff Rathke struggled to explain Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei comments that the United States is ‘lying’ about the Iran deal facts.
“Hours after the #talks, Americans offered a fact sheet that most of it was contrary to what was agreed. They always deceive & breach promises,” Ayatollah Khamenei said on Twitter. President Rouhani retweeted these comments.
Iranian leaders said that the fact sheet released by the U.S. are not the terms of the agreed upon framework. For the past week, U.S. officials have said Iran will receive gradual sanction relief as Iran meets certain benchmarks of the deal. Iran contradicts this and insists that the agreed framework included the immediate removal of sanctions once a final deal is reached.
Rathke said the Iranians did not agree to the U.S. fact sheet.
“No. It wasn’t a negotiated fact sheet,” Rathke said. “That was released by the United States based on–you know, we told them what we were going to, you know, talk about the agreement publicly, but it wasn’t a negotiated document.”