White House plays down Rouhani crowing on nuclear deal
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."