Reaction in Washington and Tehran to the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, as the Islamic Republic gets moves away from its status as a pariah state. Mana Rabiee reports.
Iran moves away from ‘pariah’ status
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed parliament one day after western sanctions against Tehran were finally lifted, in a nuclear deal that’s become his crowning achievement.
The pragmatic cleric was elected in a landslide in 2013, on the promise of not only ending years of crippling sanctions but also bringing Iran back into the international fold, and that’s just what he seems to have done.
A much-anticipated report from the U.N. nuclear watchdog — confirming Iran has curbed its nuclear ambitions — triggered the immediate lifting of sanctions on Saturday.
Within hours, a flurry of diplomatic and economic reaction, including — a prisoner swap between Iran and the U.S. that had been a notable stumbling block in the thaw between Tehran and Washington.
U.S. President Barack Obama told the American people on Sunday he himself had pressed Rouhani on the men’s release, as part of the same kind of diplomacy that made the nuclear deal possible.
In Tehran, reaction to the lifting of sanctions was anything but mixed… in a country of some 80 million people who had been cut off from the global economy, until now.
(SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) TEHRAN CITIZEN, MOHESEN SADEGHI SAYING:
“All the people are happy. At least a negative load has been removed.”
(SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) TEHRAN CITIZEN, MOHAMMAD SAFARI ASL SAYING:
“Well, we’re happy. It feels like we are free now. We’re out of the cage and we can do whatever we want.”
But even as it lifted most of its sanctions, the U.S. Treasury slapped Iran with NEW sanctions on Sunday — for its ballistic missile program.
Suggesting, there are still bumps in the road ahead as Iran leans into the world’s embrace.