Iran's supreme leader slammed the United States on Thursday, suggesting the White House is being dishonest about the terms of a framework deal on Tehran's nuclear program.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cited a four-page fact sheet from the White House about the agreement as an example of negotiators “lying [and] breaching promises,” in a tweet from his English language account.
I trust our negotiators but I'm really worried as the other side is into lying & breaching promises; an example was White House fact sheet.— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) April 9, 2015
Khamenei, who has the final say on whether Iran will accept a deal, said “most” of the fact sheet “was contrary to what was agreed."
Hours after the #talks, Americans offered a fact sheet that most of it was contrary to what was agreed.They always deceive &breach promises.— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) April 9, 2015
So far, the top Iranian leader hasn’t endorsed the framework deal reached earlier this month. Negotiators have until June 30 to reach a final deal.
Khamenei tweeted that nothing so far "secures" the terms of a final agreement.
What's been done so far secures neither the main deal nor its contents nor is it even clear whether #talks will bear fruit & lead to a deal.— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) April 9, 2015
Iranian officials have repeatedly said they want sanctions lifted immediately as part of a final deal. Khamenei added Thursday that inspections that would place Iran under “special monitoring” aren’t acceptable.
For now, Khamenei said, he reserving judgment on the process. But he warned a “disloyal side” may “stab Iran in the back.”
The tweets appeared to be from a speech he gave Thursday, the first time he spoken publicly about the nuclear talks since the framework was announced.
His remarks come ahead of a Foreign Relations Committee vote Tuesday on legislation that would empower Congress to review the final agreement.
Iranian and U.S. officials have warned that if legislation passes before June 30 it could jeopardize the talks, and the White House and liberal groups are pressing Democrats to oppose the measure.