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January 22, 2014 10:54 pm

Iran’s Zarif on Nuke Deal: ‘We Did Not Agree to Dismantle Anything’

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Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: WikiCommons.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: Wiki Commons. – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday that Iran “did not agree to dismantle anything” in the interim nuclear deal it reached with world powers in November in Geneva.

Zarif said the U.S. statements about the deal, which went into effect this week, were misleading.

“The White House version both underplays the concessions and overplays Iranian commitments,” Zarif told CNN from Davos, where he is attending the World Economic Forum.

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“The White House tries to portray it as basically a dismantling of Iran’s nuclear program. … That is the word they use time and again,” he said. “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 would take back my comment. We are not dismantling any centrifuges, we’re not dismantling any equipment, we’re simply not producing, not enriching over 5 percent.”

In response, an Obama administration official told CNN that Zarif’s statements were “spin” for “domestic political purposes.”

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