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Supreme Leader of Iran Accuses White House of Lying About “Most of What Was Agreed”

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took to Twitter today to accuse the Obama administration of lying about the parameters of a future nuclear deal.

The Times of Israel reported:

A framework nuclear deal reached with world powers last week is no guarantee a full agreement will be secured by the end of June, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday. …

The supreme leader also addressed the discrepancies between the US and Iranian accounts of the terms of the framework agreement, accusing the White House of lying.

“I trust our negotiators but I’m really worried as the other side is into lying and breaching promises; an example was White House fact sheet,” he wrote on Twitter. “Hours after the talks, Americans offered a fact sheet that most of it was contrary to what was agreed. They always deceive and breach promises.”

In an analysis of the announced framework for a nuclear deal, Emily Landau, a leading non-proliferation expert at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, pointed out that in 2004, Iran backed out of a deal with the EU-3 nations (France, Germany and United Kingdom) and then accused the EU-3 of bad faith. Accusing the United States of “lying and breaching promises” could well be a prologue to a similar maneuver if a deal is reached during the current nuclear negotiations.

NPR reported that Khamenei won’t approve any deal that doesn’t including the lifting of all sanctions.

According to the The New York Times, Khamenei also rejected inspections of military installations, echoing a statement made yesterday by Iran’s defense minister, Hossein Dehghan. The Times also noted that Khamenei advocated “delaying the negotiations if it helps reaching better results” on his Farsi Twitter account.

[Photo: Khamenei.ir / YouTube]