State Department: Let us be clear — “there is no secret agreement” with Iran

posted at 4:01 pm on January 14, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The White House’s release of the text of the P5+1′s office interim deal with Iran to either the public and/or Congress is still to-be-determined-if-at-all, as Ed summed up this morning, but the State Department would like to be especially clear that the LA Times’ report on some sort of “nonpaper” agreement was merely a matter of misinterpretation and nothing more — via the WFB:

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters on Tuesday that there is no secret deal.

“Let me be very clear: There is no secret agreement here,” Harf said. “The documentation associated with the implementation agreement tracks completely with what we’ve described, which are technical plans submitted to the IAEA.” …

Harf said that Aragchi’s remarks had been misinterpreted.

“The deputy foreign minister, I believe, is who you’re referring to — came out today and said that his comments — and I am not quoting him directly here, but — were not entirely accurate — were misconstrued,” Harf maintained.

Although I’m sure plenty of members of Congress would like to be provided with some sort of more concrete assurance of that to clear up the confusion, among other things; no doubt the Senate Democrats the Obama administration is calling over to the White House tomorrow for a chat about the utmost importance of laying off of further sanctions will be pressing for more details. Via the Financial Times:

President Barack Obama has summoned Senate Democrats to the White House for a rare meeting on Wednesday as he seeks to head off a congressional rebellion that he fears could undermine his efforts at diplomacy with Iran. …

Even though support for the sanctions bill has grown in recent weeks, there are no signs yet that Senate majority leader Harry Reid will put it up for a vote. Moreover, some of the Democratic senators who have sponsored the bill have also shown signs of flexibility.

“I want to talk to some of my colleagues,” Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, said on Monday. “I’m encouraged and heartened by the apparent progress [in diplomacy with Iran] and certainly the last thing I want to do is impede that progress.”

Meanwhile, however, the other chamber is getting to work on their own version of the Senate’s Iranian-sanctions legislation, with a mind to putting the pressure on both the White House and Harry Reid to allow a vote in the Senate, via the WSJ:

Lawmakers in the House have begun a push for a vote on the same legislative language as the bill circulating in the Senate to “help push that over the finish line,” said a person familiar with discussions. If the House were to pass legislation matching the bill in the Senate, it would speed the process of sending a bill to Mr. Obama’s desk because the two chambers would not have to go through the process of reconciling their different bills.

The shift in legislative strategy comes after House leaders last month devised Iran sanctions legislation that was far more stringent than the Senate bill. That effort was delayed after intense lobbying from the White House.


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With this administration’s track record of truth telling, tough call.

cozmo on January 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM

It’s truly embarrassing that I trust the Iranian government to tell the truth about this much more than I trust the American government.

Realist on January 14, 2014 at 4:11 PM

This Lying Sack stuff is contagious. Remember when we’d automatically trust the US government in a factual dispute with Iran? Those were the good days. Benghazi.

Mason on January 14, 2014 at 4:13 PM

This Iran crap, plus going after Little Sisters of the Poor, tells us all we need to know about this God awful administration.

NotCoach on January 14, 2014 at 4:14 PM

They have Promise Zones, now..

They’re telliing the truth.

Ben Hur on January 14, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Yeahright! sure e believe you…

DanMan on January 14, 2014 at 4:17 PM

When the Obama Regime denies it, you know it is true.

jukin3 on January 14, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Yeah, because Obama and the State department have such a great reputation for truth telling—– Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi

georgealbert on January 14, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Valerie Jarrett.

Murphy9 on January 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM

If there were a “secret agreement”, it wouldn’t be secret if you told us.

portlandon on January 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Hey, he’s a Nobel Laureate and just said today (cue the Beatles) “give peace a chance”.

tru2tx on January 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM

So I assume we will find out about the secret agreement on Friday at 1658.

Spade on January 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM

With this administration’s track record of truth telling, tough call.

cozmo on January 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Sorry to say,it’s not really a tough call at all. And it really is painful to admit that.

ratherbskiing on January 14, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Did everyone see that immediately after signing the secret non-agreement with the US, the Iranian Foreign Minister laid a wreath at a memorial to the crazy Hezbollah terrorist that organized the Marine Barracks attack in Beirut back in Reagan’s day (Drudge has the link).

That’s who the President is dealing with, even as Jay Carney-Barker issues a condemnation today of the Israeli Defense Minister for saying “offensively” true words about our foul SecState.

Hey Democrats! Is there any part of the world, any alliance, any prosperity , safety and security you like? Or does it all have go?

MTF on January 14, 2014 at 4:29 PM

You can’t boil down decades of negotiations to the official words. So it’s not even a question of who is more believable. Of course US negotiators have said things the Iranians interpret as promises. It’s human nature; like a little kid with selective memory who will interpret your words as saying you promised to get the candy or buy him a toy, no matter what you actually said.

Fenris on January 14, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Tell him to shut up, I mean Kerry.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Let me be very clear

My ears perked up at that.

It’s a tell.

A tell that the speaker is about to lie. This is especially the case with Obama and his Administration.

makattak on January 14, 2014 at 4:31 PM

And could you please show us your fingers and toes while you’re saying that?

Actually, what she really said was, “Let us be clear: there is no secret agreement…(sotto voce) that the State Department spearheaded, but we can’t be sure the White House didn’t, those crazy guys!”

I’m pretty sure that’s what I heard.

NavyMustang on January 14, 2014 at 4:31 PM

If “Bridgegate” is a scandal then “BenghaziGate” ought to be one, too… the media could shorthand the administration’s coverup by renaming “Bridgegate” to “Bridgeghazi.”

ExpressoBold on January 14, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Fenris on January 14, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Yeah, guys. Lighten up. It’s not like Kerry has a record of selling out America to her enemies.

Oh, wait.

Socratease on January 14, 2014 at 4:36 PM

You can’t boil down decades of negotiations to …what you actually said.

Fenris on January 14, 2014 at 4:29 PM

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Funny. Liberals never, ever, at all, at any time, apply that rationale to conservatives or Republicans. Liberals give no quarter and should receive no quarter.

ExpressoBold on January 14, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Translation = We have a secret deal with Iran

Old eagle on January 14, 2014 at 4:37 PM

When did the hiring guidelines at State stipulate nothing but 20-something, snot-nosed women?

BKeyser on January 14, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Sorry to say,it’s not really a tough call at all.

ratherbskiing on January 14, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Yes, it is. The other side is Iran after all.

cozmo on January 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Translation:

“There is a secret agreement with Iran.”

orangemtl on January 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Oh, and PS:

If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it.

orangemtl on January 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

State Department: Let us be clear — “there is no secret agreement” with Iran

“But we need everyone in Arkansas and Missouri to make living arrangements elsewhere by 2018.”

-Jay Carney

WryTrvllr on January 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Since any international agreement needs the ratification of the Senate to be binding on the United States, the Senate needs to be informed of the exact text of any written agreement which Kerry might have negotiated with the Iranians in order to vote for or against ratification.

Without such ratification, the agreement negotiated by Kerry and the Iranians is non-binding, and not worth the paper it may or may not be written on. The Senate (and House) are therefore free to vote any sanctions on Iran they choose, with the risk of a Presidential veto. However, there may be enough ill will against Iran in Congress that a sanctions veto could be overridden.

Steve Z on January 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM

RE: “… were NOT ENTIRELY accurate …”

Great, can you now clearly point out what “NOT ENTIRELY” means in this case. Point by point, as the agreement goes.

Looks, ONCE AGAIN, like WH is lying. Nothing new, though.

riddick on January 14, 2014 at 4:56 PM

No credibility whatsoever – and this in a situation where a truly rogue state in en route to acquiring a nuclear bomb – and you bungholes expect us to believe you???????????

When the first Iranian nuclear bomb or emp is detonated on an American city I truly hope someone or some group comes after all of you – and, that it is slow and painful.

karra on January 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Funny. Liberals never, ever, at all, at any time, apply that rationale to conservatives or Republicans. Liberals give no quarter and should receive no quarter.

ExpressoBold on January 14, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Oh don’t get me wrong: Obama is a liar, as are most politicians. I just figured that ground was adequately covered.

Fenris on January 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

No credibility whatsoever – and this in a situation where a truly rogue state in en route to acquiring a nuclear bomb – and you bungholes expect us to believe you???????????
karra on January 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM

The Iranians sound like a reasonable bunch. Why wouldn’t we take their word on this?

US run by Nazi space aliens, Iran claims

WASHINGTON – Confirming the suspicions of many, the United States has been secretly run by a shadow government of German Nazi space aliens since 1945, Fars News Agency, Iran’s semi-official news agency, reported on Sunday.

kcewa on January 14, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Of course . . . and naturally we believe them . . . right? Please see me if you do, I have several large bridges to sell.

rplat on January 14, 2014 at 5:14 PM

BREAKING: Secret agreement signed in Cambodia last Christmas on deck of U.S.S. Minnow.

Christien on January 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

At this point, what the heck. Send Rodman to Tehran.

Christien on January 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

State Department: Let us be clear — “there is no secret agreement” with Iran

The headline says State Department while the thread pictures an image of the White House. That about says all that needs to be said. State could well not know what kind of a deal Obama made with his fellow Muslims.

I hope Israel is stepping up its threatcon tonight given that we have a President who would like to see the Jews driven from the Holy Land.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 5:29 PM

There is no surer sign that an Obamite is lying than the preface ‘let [me] be clear…” That means they really, really need you to believe, which is not an issue for people who are telling it like it is.

Truth is what it is. It has no motivation to convince because it doesn’t care whether you believe it or not. But lies always do.

Dirty Creature on January 14, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I just figured that ground was adequately covered.

Fenris on January 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

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Nope. Bears repeating, 24 hours/day every 15 minutes, 7 days a week… hammer, hammer, hammer.

ExpressoBold on January 14, 2014 at 6:28 PM

They misstated. They meant to say “PERFECTLY clear”

RdLake on January 14, 2014 at 6:46 PM

“And by “I ran” we mean A Flock of Seagulls,” Marie “Valley Girl” Harf exclaimed.

viking01 on January 14, 2014 at 6:46 PM

State Department: Let us be clear — “there is no secret agreement” with Iran

…well…that means it’s a “guarantee”…

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Psssht. Yeah, right.

From the same douche-nozzles that brought you “Benghazi was caused by YouTube.”

a5minmajor on January 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM

And that God-damned phrase, “Let me be clear…”, should be stricken from the English language, and may it burn the evil tongue out of every empty head that utters it.

a5minmajor on January 14, 2014 at 8:35 PM

But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again: I never had diplomatic relations with that country, not once, not one time. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people. Thank you!”

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM