Rouhani: World 'Surrendered' to Iran in Nuclear Deal
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani boasted on Tuesday that the United States and other world powers effectively "surrendered" to Tehran with the newly struck nuclear deal.
"Our relationship w/ the world is based on Iranian nation's interests. In Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation's will," he tweeted, according to Fox News.
The statement came just two days after it was announced that Iran and the six world powers, known as the P5+1, had agreed that the deal reached in November would be implemented starting January 20.
Under the agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if it carries out the deal, which offers sanctions relief in exchange for steps to curb the Iranian nuclear program.
A senior American official revealed that as part of the implementation of the deal, Iran will receive the first $550 million installment of the $4.2 billion on or about February 1.
Rouhani’s statement is sure to rile those in Congress pressing for additional sanctions on Iran, noted Fox News. A bill being drafted by Congress that would slap new sanctions on Iran continues to gain steam and, as of Friday, 59 senators were backing the new bill, just one short of the number of votes it would need to pass.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, however, downplayed Rouhani's remarks when asked about them at Tuesday's press briefing.
He said these kinds of remarks are "expected" and geared toward their government's "domestic audience."
"It doesn't matter what they say. It matters what they do," he said, according to Fox News.
President Barack Obama has expressed his objection to the new bill and has threatened to veto the bill if it makes it out of Congress. On Monday, Obama said that now would not be the right time for Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran.