Epic Twitter battle: State Department's @marieharf v. NY Times @SangerNYTThis has to be the first time in a long time that the media in the US has actually done its job.
After Tuesday's New York Times story about Iran's increasing its nuclear fuel supply by 20% over the last 18 months, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf had it out with New York Times reporter and story co-author David Sanger over the story. Or at least Harf had it out - Sanger only tweeted once at the beginning. Harf's argument essentially comes down to this: It doesn't matter how much nuclear fuel Iran has until the deadline, when it will all magically disappear.
Yes, she really said that. Read her last tweet in the rant.
.@SangerNYT You can tweet all the ISIS reports you want - doesn't change the fact that main contentions in your story were wrong.— Marie Harf (@marieharf) June 3, 2015
.@SangerNYT You write that "Western officials and experts cannot quite figure out why" Iran's stockpile is at this level - not true— Marie Harf (@marieharf) June 3, 2015
.@SangerNYT You write that "The overall increase in Iran’s stockpile poses a major diplomatic and political challenge" - not true— Marie Harf (@marieharf) June 3, 2015
.@SangerNYT You write that this partially undercuts our contention that the Iranian program has been “frozen” - not true— Marie Harf (@marieharf) June 3, 2015
.@SangerNYT And you insinuate Iran is doing something it's not supposed to do under the JPOA or in violation of its obligations - not true— Marie Harf (@marieharf) June 3, 2015
She's all in for defending Iran too, isn't she? Although she denies it.....@SangerNYT Bottom lines: We know exactly what's going on, Iran has agreed to reduce to 300kg in final deal, program frozen/complying w/JPOA— Marie Harf (@marieharf) June 3, 2015
I don't think anyone has alleged that anyone other than Iran has violated the JPOA.....@davidfrum Not defending Iran, defending the JPOA we negotiated with Iran and making clear we've all been in compliance. V different things— Marie Harf (@marieharf) June 3, 2015
If they've lost the New York Times....