Iran General NewsIran yanks nuclear tweet after blowback

Iran yanks nuclear tweet after blowback


Fox News: Iran’s president seemed to be sending a taunting message to the United States via social media. But now he’s abruptly pulled back.

By Lauren Ashburn

Iran’s president seemed to be sending a taunting message to the United States via social media. But now he’s abruptly pulled back. 

On its English-only Twitter feed yesterday, Hassan Rouhani let the world know that President Obama’s decision to pursue a nuclear agreement peacefully, while easing sanctions, equals a big win for his country. 

“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. 

Click on the old Twitter link now, and it says the page does not exist. 

The sudden deletion came after U.S. officials denied reports of a secret side deal with Tehran to carry out the nuclear agreement tentatively struck between the two sides in recent days. 

The disappearing tweet may have been an effort on Iran’s part to lower the temperature once White House spokesman Jay Carney had challenged the importance of Rouhani’s remarks during yesterday’s press briefing. 

“It doesn’t matter what they say. It matters what they do,” he said. 

Rouhani’s declaration of western “surrender” was delivered against the backdrop of mounting congressional pressure for additional financial sanctions against Iran. That effort threatens to undermine Obama’s push for a nuclear deal beyond the temporary six-month agreement now in place. 

The now-deleted tweet could easily raise the temperature on Capitol Hill where 58 Senators (including 16 Democrats) have already signed on to a tougher sanctions bill. So far, the Majority Leader Harry Reid has blocked any vote. 

Apparently Twitter diplomacy is harder than it looks.

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