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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Marie Harf Says Obama's Explanation on Iran Nuke Breakout Time was "Muddled"


Marie Harf
"Muddled"


In today's daily press briefing, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told Associated Press reporter Matt Lee that President Obama's explanation to NPR yesterday about what would happen with Iran's nuclear weapons breakout ability in years 13-14-15 after the nuke deal is finalized  was "muddled". However she insisted that what the President was really referring to was if there had been no deal reached. The video of the briefing is below, and Harf's exchange with Lee begins at the 9:05 mark.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?325234-1/state-department-briefing

Below is what Obama told NPR.

http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2015/04/07/obama-says-iran-could-cut-nuke-time-to-near-zero-in-13-years

The entire NPR video is here. The relevant answer by Obama begins at the 4:50 mark.

http://www.npr.org/2015/04/07/397933577/transcript-president-obamas-full-npr-interview-on-iran-nuclear-deal

My question to Ms Harf would be this: If there was "no deal", how do years 13-14-15 enter into the discussion? Sorry, Marie, but I am not buying it. It seems to me what the President really said is what he said.

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