Joy, relief in Iran as nuclear deal promises end to sanctions
Iranians reacted with delight and relief as they digested news of a landmark nuclear deal sealed with world powers, an accord which promises to end years of bruising economic sanctions.
"We have been waiting for it for so long," Amir Tehrani, a 34-year-old English teacher, said in Tehran on Tuesday. "I just hope that the pressure on our lives and on the cost of living will be reduced."
Diplomats reached an agreement overnight following marathon negotiations in Vienna. The accord will curb Iran's nuclear program in return for a lifting of restrictions that slashed oil exports in half and cut the country off from global finance. While
"It's wonderful news, we've all been up since last night and all of my co-workers have been checking the news every second on the Internet," said Parviz Karimi, a marketing manager at Blue Gulf Shipping in Tehran, which has seen its business plummet under sanctions. "We know that the big changes won't happen immediately, but the flow of work will be better and faster."
Iran's economy is 15 to 20
Since taking office nearly two years ago, President Hassan Rouhani has slowed inflation to about 15
"Happiness, that's all I can say," said Golbahar
Iran's Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said on Monday that while no formal preparations had been made for celebrations, police and security forces have been instructed to accommodate crowds who are widely expected to come out and celebrate this evening.
"I'm so happy, I've been praying for this for so long," said 71-year-old retiree Mina, who lives in a downtown district of Tehran and didn't want to give her surname because of the sensitivity surrounding speaking to the foreign media. "The people are definitely going to pour onto the streets tonight."
Others, including Mohammad-Reza
"I'm a bit suspicious," said Eini, 30. "I want to enjoy the news, but I can't be that hopeful because of the political situation in the country — they've been talking about it so long and I still can't work out whether I will benefit."
Conservative hardliners have opposed Rouhani's engagement with the US, a longtime foe, arguing he is conceding too much ground and risking the country's sovereignty. The deal reached in Vienna will also meet resistance in the US Congress where lawmakers have 60 days to review the document.