State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf took to Twitter Wednesday morning, criticizing a Monday New York Times article that claimed talks with Iran were being complicated by the country increasing nuclear material stockpiles. Harf spent more than 20 minutes fielding questions about Iran and the department's view of the story. Many reporters indicated they failed to understand why the issue of increased nuclear material was not a concern. Harf contended Iran is not violating any agreements and said the United States is confident the country will decrease its inventory by the June 30 deadline.
After nearly a half hour of cross-talk and overlapping questions Harf concluded there were "really thorny issues" being discussed in the ongoing negotiations, but said the current level of nuclear material stockpiled is "nowhere near the top of that list."