Sponsoring terrorism, housing secret nuclear sites next door to rug cleaners, and now, time traveling to violate the nuclear deal – is there anything Iran won’t do to flout US-dictated norms? The White House thinks not.
“There is little doubt that even before the [nuclear] deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement on Monday, condemning Iran’s announcement that it has exceeded the 300kg of enriched uranium it was allowed to stockpile under the 2015 deal.
strange wording in this new White House statement on Iran. "There is little doubt that even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms." ? pic.twitter.com/6b8Wizod2p
— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) July 1, 2019
With the confusing wording, Grisham appears to suggest Tehran was so determined to spurn international nuclear etiquette that it had actually warped time for the express purpose of violating the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal. The US itself pulled out of the deal last May, reimposing even stricter sanctions on Iran than those that previously existed, despite Iran's internationally certified compliance with the terms of the deal – but the Trump administration keeps demanding Tehran's adherence to the agreement through saber-rattling communiques.
Twitter users had a field day with "Schrodinger's Iran Deal," as one person called it.
White House on Iran and the nuclear deal, which we, not they, broke: "There is little doubt that even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms."
Did no one ask the authors how even the nefarious Iranians could violate a deal that didn't exist yet?
— Mitchell Plitnick ? (@MJPlitnick) July 1, 2019
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