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White House Rejects Rohani's 'Surrender' Claim

Iranian President Hassan Rohani arrives in Khuzestan on January 14.
The White House has dismissed a claim by Iranian President Hassan Rohani that the interim nuclear deal Iran reached in Geneva in November marked the 'surrender' of major powers.

President Hassan Rohani has described a nuclear deal reached in Geneva in November as a victory for Iran.

Rohani made the claim in Iran's southwestern province of Khuzestan on January 14, saying the interim deal was a "surrender" by major powers to Iranian demands.

"The Geneva agreement means acceptance of the Iranian nation's nuclear right and defeat of cruel sanctions [against Iran]," he said.

But in Washington, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, "it is not surprising to us...that the Iranians are describing the agreement in a certain way towards their domestic audience."

He added that "it does not matter what they say, it matters what they do."

Under the deal, Iran agreed to cap uranium enrichment in return for some relief from economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies.

Meanwhile, Iran's ILNA news agency reported that about 60 workers from a sugar factory in the provincial capital of Ahvaz protested on Rohani's way from the airport to the city.

The reports say the workers have been protesting in recent months over the closure of their factory and their conditions.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, IRNA, ILNA, and Press TV