Iranians rejoice at prospect of nuclear deal's impact
Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 01:14
Nov. 24 - News of the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers has spread optimism among residents in Tehran. Nathan Frandino reports.
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The streets of Tehran are buzzing.
Optimism is in the air after news of a nuclear deal reached between Iran and six world powers in Geneva.
In shops like this one, the news has become a hot topic for conversation.
(SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) TEHRAN RESIDENT, OMID ZAFARMAND, SAYING:
"We're very optimistic that with these relations being forged, our lives can go back to how they were before. It's very nice and desirable to have relations with other countries after ten years."
The deal provides Iranians a prospect of economic improvement through a partial lifting of Western-imposed sanctions.
The White House says this first phase of relief amounts to $7 billion.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying that relief from sanctions could come in two to three weeks - welcome news for many.
(SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) TEHRAN RESIDENT, ALIREZA IRAVANI, SAYING:
"The sanctions were effective, very effective. Especially during the past few months, we have felt the effects more. They have to be lifted for us to see how much effect it will have, but I don't know if they will lift them or not."
Despite the optimism, the White House says sanctions could return if Iran does not meet its commitments in the deal.
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