Ordinary Iranians are welcoming the country’s historic nuclear deal, embracing it as a chance to end their nation’s isolation and an opportunity for a better economy after years of stifling sanctions.
There are no signs of people pouring into the streets of Tehran after the deal was announced on Tuesday, but that may have more to do with the stifling summer heat and the fact that most Iranians are fasting during the last days of Ramadan.
Many instead were glued to television coverage of the deal. At one Tehran electronics shop, people clapped as President Hassan Rouhani appeared on screen to address the nation.
Shopkeeper Ali Hosseini summed up the mood by saying: “I am proud that my country has resolved this critical issue through talks, not war.”