Iran Nuclear Agreement Not a 'Done Deal'

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Just days after the jubilation in Geneva over the agreement with Iran, the White House and Tehran are at loggerheads over the terms of the accord.

Iran's foreign ministry says it strongly rejects the version of the agreement released by the White House.

A spokeswoman said, "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 the fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true," read the statement posted on Iran's semi-official FARS news agency.

The ministry released its own version of the agreement, which stated the following:

"This comprehensive solution would enable Iran to fully enjoy its right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the relevant articles of the NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty] in conformity with its obligations therein.
 
"This comprehensive solution would involve a mutually defined enrichment programme with practical limits and transparency measures to ensure the peaceful nature of the programme."

Iran's view is that it can continue enriching uranium up to 5 percent. Israel maintains it doesn't take long to enrich uranium from 5 percent to weapons grade uranium.

U.S. President Barack Obama defended the agreement and struck back at its critics.

"Huge challenges remain, but we cannot close the door on diplomacy," Obama said. "We cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world's problems. We cannot commit ourselves to an endless cycle of conflict. Tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it's not the right thing for our security."
 
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted about the agreement, emphasizing the billions of dollars in sanctions relief the nation will now enjoy, including the petrochemical, oil and auto industry sectors.
 
"Atmosphere has changed. Before, there was the question of whether more sanctions would be imposed or not. Now, there's a freeze in sanctions."

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