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Iranian Foreign Ministry officials have accused the Obama White House of “modifying” the text of the new interim nuclear deal and presenting an “invalid” version of it to the American public in the form of a fact sheet published on the White House website Saturday.

“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 (the title of the Iran-powers deal), and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told Fars News Agency on Tuesday.

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham
Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham
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“All of [the Joint Plan of Action’s] sentences and words were chosen based on the considerations of all parties to the talks,” Afkham said. “In fact one of the reasons why negotiations between Iran and the G5+1 took so long pertained to the accuracy which was needed for choosing the words for the text of the agreement.”

In order to counter the “invalid,” “modified,” “one-sided” version of the fact sheet published by the White House, Iranian officials released the full text of the nuclear deal reached between the world leaders last weekend.

An exclusive report by the Washington Free Beacon Tuesday noted the following:

Iran’s right to enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, is fully recognized under the draft released by Tehran.

“This comprehensive solution would enable Iran to fully enjoy its right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the relevant articles of the NPT in conformity with its obligations therein,” the agreement reads, according to a copy released to Iranian state-run media.

“This comprehensive solution would involve a mutually defined enrichment programme with practical limits and transparency measures to ensure the peaceful nature of the programme,” the Iranian draft reads. “This comprehensive solution would constitute an integrated whole where nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”

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 White House confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon on Monday that the final details of the plan have yet to be worked out, meaning that Iran is not yet beholden to a six month freeze its nuclear activities.

WH: “Fact Sheet: First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program”

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