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Iran President’s Controversial Tweet Deleted

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a October 2013 photo. ATTA KENARE / AFP - Getty Images file

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s Twitter charm offensive has hit a snag.

A controversial tweet on Rouhani's account saying world powers “had surrendered to Iranian nation’s will” by coming to an interim agreement to curb the country’s nuclear program was deleted, according to BuzzFeed.

The tweet, posted early Tuesday, had a very different tone from Rouhani’s usual Western-friendly tweets which promote ideas like “moderation & compassion,” women’s rights and freedom of artistic expression.

The tweet was deleted as of Wednesday.

Rouhani’s comments about the agreement via Twitter were contentious enough to garner a question during the White House briefing Tuesday. But White House spokesman Jay Carney said the online rhetoric was “not surprising to us” and that the Iranians were “describing the agreement in a certain way for their domestic audience.”

Lauding the fact that the agreement marked the first time in a decade Iran had agreed to specific actions to halt the nuclear program, Carney added: “It doesn't matter what they say; it matters what they do.”