On July 13 and 14, the front pages of Iranian newspapers reflected widespread anticipation of a nuclear deal between Iran and the world’s six major powers. Reports from the Vienna talks suggested a deal could be announced within a day. Conservative papers framed the agreement as a potential capitulation to Western or U.S. demands. Reformist papers, on the other hand, described the deal as a fulfillment of President Hassan Rouhani’s promise to solve the nuclear dispute. Some papers compared Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to heroes from Iran’s past. The following is a sampling of the diverse headlines on the negotiations.
Amir Kabir* of our times
*Amir Kabir was chief minister to Naser al Din Shah in the mid-19th century and is regarded as one of Iran’s early reformers.
Aftab continues: “Regardless of the results of negotiations, Zarif’s special status will be reserved among Iranians. We say this because, regardless of results, some will attack this true servant of our country. Of course, this has historical background. Upon reading history, we notice that some people cannot stand these great men. For example, in case of Amir Kabir, we see that hostilities began when he started his reforms when he became prime minister. Today we see that our Mohammad Javad Zarif has changed the rules of the game for some. Those who profited from the cruel sanctions hoped that they would be prolonged. But it seems that it is a new day. Due to Zarif and his colleagues, the world looks at Iran differently. We do not intend to say that Zarif is Amir Kabir, but to better understand his greatness, it is good to make a small comparison-- a small comparison, to make a big point.”
From Arash [the Archer]* to Zarif: We have suffered a lot for Iran to become a jewel.
*Arash the Archer is a hero from Iranian folklore who helped determine Iran’s borders by shooting an arrow that flew a great distance.
The 12 year struggle; is Vienna the last stop?
“The end of nuclear struggle will be announced today.”
An agreement under the Lausanne framework is a defeat [for Iran]
“Evidence suggests that the Americans are pursuing their goals under the Lausanne framework. If those goals, which reflect the American fact sheet, are met, the United States would be the winner of this struggle.”
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