The Twitter account belonging to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has deleted a controversial tweet saying world powers had “surrendered to Iranian nation’s will” in concluding an interim agreement to curb the country’s nuclear program.
The tweet, posted early Tuesday morning EST, stood in stark contrast to Rouhani’s more open approach to the West. By Wednesday morning, the tweet had been deleted.
Asked about the tweet on Tuesday, Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, told reporters the White House believed Rouhani was appealing to his “domestic audience,” where hardliners have at times criticized the deal.
“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,” Carney said. “It does not matter what they say, it matters what they do.”
Rouhani’s tweet stoked controversy as the White House attempts to fight off a new billthat would introduce further sanctions on Iran. The interim deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief is due to begin on Jan. 20.
Is Rouhani just continuing his charm offensive long enough to then pivot and renege on the agreement?
…or who knows what the Iranian regime will keep doing behind our back.
Great article highlighting some of Iran’s worst human rights abuses. This post comes at a great time to highlight the immense HYPOCRISY of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s youtube video post two days ago. He asked for countries at the next round of nuclear talks to honor Iran’s dignity and give them the respect they deserve. WHAT A JOKE. How does Iran have any dignity when they have the highest per capita execution rate in the world, among MANY other human rights atrocities. Keep this in mind while the newest round of nuclear talks unfold….
Here are the 5 human rights abuses discussed in the article:
- Right to Assemble
- Right to a Fair Trial
- Freedom of Religion
- Freedom of the Press
- Freedom of Speech
November 4th is Iran’s “Death to America” day, and this year was no different. Thousands gathered in the streets to chant the phrase and burn American flags. How can we take this regime seriously at the negotiating table?