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LIVE BLOG: Iran nuclear deal

LIVE BLOG: Iran nuclear deal
Major powers and Iran struck a historic deal on Tuesday aimed at ensuring Tehran does not acquire a nuclear bomb, in return for sanctions relief. MEE is following the latest updates and reactions.

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Gridlock and fireworks on the streets of Iran
4 years ago




Translation: Dancing to the tempo in the square
Iranians hit the streets to celebrate deal
4 years ago

After sundown on the 27th night of Ramadan, Iranians took to the streets to celebrate a deal that many hope will herald an easing of financial pressure and a new phase in the country's outlook.

Iranian journalist Aliasghar Shafieian wrote on Twitter that upwards of 600 people joined an impromptu and rapidly growing celebration in central Tehran's Valiasr Square.

Iranian flags held aloft during the impromptu celebrations in Tehran (Twitter/@shafieian_ir)

Among the chants, according to Shafieian, were "Long live Rouhani," "Long live Zarif" and "Long live the reforms of Khatami," in reference to Mohammad Khatami, who served as president for eight years from 1997 and attempted to implement an ambitious raft of reforms including extending freedom of the press and reopening the embassies of all European countries.

A civil engineer in Iran, attending another nuclear deal celebration in Tehran's Vanak Square, said on Twitter that police had moved in when people began chanting "Political prisoners must be freed".

A photo from the ground claims to show Special Forces deploying in Vanak Square (Twitter/@SultanSolomon)
Iran deal: What happens when?
4 years ago
  • In the next few days, the deal will pass to the UN Security Council so that it can be officially ratified and passed.
  • In America, Congress has 60 days to review the agreement, and there are fears that it will try to reject the deal and keep Iranian sanctions in place. Obama has already said he will veto any attempt to do this.

  • There is no specific date for the sanctions to be lifted – instead it says that this will happen when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified that Iran has taken steps to shrink its programme, UN, US and EU sanctions will be lifted.

  • Restrictions on trading conventional weapons with Iran will last another five years.

  • An embargo on missile trading will last another eight years from now.

  • Iran is going to reduce its stockpile of enriched Uranium, and there will be stockpile restrictions in place for the next 15 years.

  • There is also a 15 year restriction on the country building any new heavy water reactors.

  • The IAEA's authority to continuously monitor the entire uranium supply line and certain Iranian cites will be extended to cover the next 25 years.

  • Iran is also permanently prohibited from pursuing a nuclear weapons programme.

Iran deal boosts regional stability: Turkish, Iraqi FMs
4 years ago

At a joint press conference in Ankara on Tuesday, Turkey and Iraq's foreign ministers said the nuclear deal will contribute to regional stability.

"The implementation and sustainability of the agreement will contribute to the regional stability," said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Cavusoglu said the removal of sanctions on Iran will also contribute to the regional economy, adding: "It will directly affect Turkey."

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said: "Huge steps were taken. The point, which was reached, is important and we are supporting this. But, what is important is for this to achieve a result. Iraq is one of the countries that called for the solution of this issue."

US hardliners speak out against Iran deal
4 years ago

US hardliners who have long argued against bargaining with Iran are sticking to their guns after deal is announced, reports MEE's James Reinl from New York. 

Ryan Mauro, a right-wing security analyst, told MEE that what happened on Tuesday isn't just a nuclear deal.

"It’s a deal to revitalise its dying ideology, stabilise the regime, finance terror and dominate the region while preserving its nuclear weapons capacity,” he said.

“If I were an Iranian strategist seeking the most efficient path toward getting a nuke and achieving regional dominance, I’d recommend a deal like this. It fails to disarm Iran, enables Tehran to keep its nuclear weapons capacity and takes away Washington’s ability to implement effective sanctions.”

Read more about the push back that is anticipated in the US Congress - and potential push back from Israel and Saudi

The comfort food that sustained the talks
4 years ago

As 18 days of talks continued in Vienna, American negotiators ate more than 4.5kg of strawberry Twizzlers, 29kg of cheese strings and 13kg of mixed nuts and raisins while the Iranians stuck with green raisins and pistacchios, according to the Guardian's Julian Borger