Iranian officials on Tuesday reportedly said parts of the White House's version of the interim nuclear deal reached in Geneva are "invalid" and misleading.
A short time after the deal was announced, the White House published a fact sheet outlining the various details of the agreement. Apparently, Iranian officials have a different interpretation of the deal than that of the Obama administration.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told the state media that the White House's "modified" version of the agreement is a "one-sided interpretation."
"What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action, and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true," she said.
Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, delivers a keynote ahead of the ECO council of ministers in Tehran, Iran on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi
Iranian officials also claim Iran retains the right to "fully enjoy its right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes" under the Geneva deal.
"Iran’s objection to the deal as presented in the fact sheet raises new concerns about final stage talks meant to ensure that the deal is implemented in the next few weeks," the Washington Free Beacon notes.
“This may prove to be yet another worrisome sign that the Obama Administration was played by the Iranians,” Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Executive Director David Brog told the Free Beacon. “Their concessions were either illusory or meaningless, while ours will resuscitate the Iranian economy.”
The weekend agreement between Iran and six world powers - the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - is to temporarily halt parts of Tehran's disputed nuclear program and allow for more intrusive international monitoring of Iran's facilities. In exchange, Iran gains some modest relief from stiff economic sanctions and a pledge from Obama that no new penalties will be levied during the six months.
Additionally, the deal could potentially free up to $7 billion dollars to Iran during the initial phase of the agreement.
Because the deal has yet to be finalized, technically Iran is not yet required to follow through with the six month freeze of its nuclear activities.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.