Which One Is It? Contradicting Terms of Deal

Iranian state press presents deal meeting every Iranian demand, but diplomats presented a different set of terms.

Tova Dvorin , | updated: 15:43

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

The Iranian state press has presented its side of the nuclear talks Tuesday, as both Western and Iranian foreign ministers present the terms of the deal in a historic press conference over the nuclear agreement. 

Just before the formal announcement, state-run PressTV revealed, allegedly, some of the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), including: 

  • That economic sanctions on Iran from the United Nations will be lifted immediately "under a mutually agreed framework and through a new UN resolution";
  • that none of the Iranian nuclear facilities will be dismantled;
  • that "nuclear research and development activities on all types of centrifuges, including advanced IR-6 and IR-8 machines, will continue";
  • that economic sanctions from the US and the EU will be lifted as soon as the agreement is implemented;
  • that the arms embargo will be lifted, to a limited degree, immediately; those limits, which remain unspecified, will allegedly be lifted after 5 years;
  • that tens of billions of dollars in Iranian revenue in offshore accounts will be released;
  • and that 800 people and legal entities, including "the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), will be taken off sanctions lists."

The agreement, PressTV insisted, would be presented to the UN Security Council within the next 7-10 days. 

If true, several of terms would point to concessions by the West - and especially by the US - to terms the US deemed "red lines" in a future deal, including the arms embargo lift and the allowance of IR-8 machines, which could allow Iran to produce a nuclear weapon within weeks. 

The announcement directly contradicts earlier remarks from an Iranian diplomat to Reuters, who had stated that the terms included more demands made by Western powers. In that report, the diplomat said:

  • that a UN arms embargo would remain in place for five years; 
  • that UN missile sanctions would stay in place for eight years; 
  • and that Iran has allegedly accepted a "snapback" plan whereby sanctions would be restored within 65 days if it was found that it was violating the agreement.

As of this publication, the exact terms of the agreement have yet to be announced. 

However, just as EU, Iran, and the P5+1 meet for a closed session Tuesday afternoon (update: 1:30 pm IST), International Crisis Group Iran analyst Ali Vaez began tweeting tidbits from what appears to be a leaked copy of the deal, according to the Guardian

Many of the tidbits appear to corroborate the Iranian version of events; the veracity of the leaked document remains unconfirmed. 

And still later Tuesday, Buzzfeed noted that the Russian Foreign Ministry appears to have published a full text of the agreement on their website - and the text is some 159 pages long. 

Key highlights include possible confirmation - if the text is the true text of the deal - that: 

  • Iran will continue to conduct enrichment programs, "in a manner that does not accumulate enriched uranium";
  • That "Iran's enrichment R&D with uranium for 10 years will only include IR-4, IR-5, IR-6 and IR-8 centrifuges";
  • and that Iran will continue testing IR-6 and IR-8 "under laboratory conditions."