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White House plays down Rouhani crowing on nuclear deal

Published on Jan 15, 2014 7:54 AM
Mr Hassan Rouhani's comment, on his official Twitter account, played into complaints of hawkish members of the US Congress that the deal, due to come into force on Jan 20, gave too much up to Iran for too little in return. "Our relationship w/ the world is based on Iranian nation's interests. In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation's will," the tweet said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House on Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014, dismissed an aggressive claim of victory by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani over an interim nuclear deal, and attempted to face down rising domestic political pressure over the pact.

Washington said Mr Rouhani's comment that world powers were now bowing to Teheran was a symptom of domestic politics and insisted the deal, curbing aspects of Iran's nuclear programme in return for limited sanctions relief, hinged on its words and not its rhetoric.

"It is not surprising to us and nor should it be surprising to you that the Iranians are describing the agreement in a certain way towards their domestic audience," spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

"It does not matter what they say, it matters what they do."

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