Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said Thursday that details of its tentative nuclear deal with the United States and five other countries would be made public, IranWire reported. Rouhani announced that the key points of the framework concerning the possible deal would be released.
IranWire reported that the announcement came with an imminent release of a factsheet concerning the deal and tension among leaders in Iran. Most notably, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told government leaders “to inform the people and especially the elites the details and the facts,” adding, "Nothing is confidential. We have no secrets,” IranWire reported.
The framework of the nuclear deal among the Iranian government and the six world powers -- known as the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany) -- was agreed upon in Lausanne, Switzerland, in early April. The deal outlined an agreement that would reduce Iran's nuclear capabilities in exchange for a lifting of sanctions that significantly hamper Iran's economy.
Other Iranian leaders, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, called for the release of details concerning the agreement after a closed meeting in early April. Following the meeting, 213 members of Iran's Parliament issued a statement asking for the publication of a factsheet so the public would be better informed. IranWire reported that there was disagreement among Iranian newspapers about the motivation behind the publication of a factsheet -- and if Khamenei was indeed pushing for its release.
The deadline for an agreement on the nuclear deal is June 30. While the deal might be agreed upon by then, Wendy Sherman, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, recently commented that it isn’t yet complete -- and that possible trade partners with Tehran should hold off. "I would say 'hold your horses.' We are not quite to an agreement yet," Sherman said, as Reuters reported.
Zarif was in New York this week to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the agreement. Zarif commented that Iran wants to complete the deal. “It’s the best anyone can get,” Zarif said, speaking at New York University, as International Business Times reported Wednesday. “Whether we can live with the balance, only time will tell.”