Almost 20 months have passed since the signing of the Action Plan in Geneva that turned the nuclear talks that had dragged on since 2003 into a true negotiation with the will to reach a compromise on both sides. During this time, initial expectations have moderated, but there is a widespread impression among Iranians that with the deal, their country will change forever. Gone is Iran, marginalized in international forums, frustrated at the limitation of sanctions and suffering from a terrible bad image. Gone is also the alibi of external rejection to justify internal problems. This is how some leading analysts evaluate the pact.
Mostafa Zahrani, Director General of the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS): “Iranians are convinced that they cannot be second-class citizens in the international community and therefore improving relations will have a profound psychological impact. Within the country, (it is to be expected) a new impulse to moderation, reforms and democracy, although some may not like it ”.
Abbas Abdi, Disenchanted political analyst, revolutionary and reformist: “This is not a mere nuclear agreement, it has a deeper meaning. Iran has reached an understanding with the rest of the world and that will stabilize the country's foreign policy and have regional effects. "
Saeed Laylaz, economist close to the Government: “The impact is going to be more psychological than real. Although since the negotiations began we have had unprecedented stability in the economy, the effects of the agreement will take a couple of years to be noticed ”.
Mohammadreza Taraghi, conservative analyst close to the supreme leader : "It is a recognition of our entry into the nuclear club, something that we have achieved with the superpowers against. It will be an example for the rest of the countries and shows that Iranian logic was well oriented in its international relations and does not need war to achieve its objectives. It also proves that the UN resolutions against Iran were the result of falsehoods. It helps the international prestige of Iran, which will be able to extend its influence in the region ”.
Kamal Taheri, Director of Resanehyar, an agency that supports foreign media: “The agreement is not important, it will not change anything. We distrust the US and the Europeans. Now they will find another pretext to humiliate us, be it human rights, the Middle East peace plan or terrorism. "
Davud Hermidas-Bavand, political scientist: “We found ourselves at a dead end due to internal mismanagement and increasing pressure from international sanctions. Solving it was in the interest of the people. Now we must harness the potential to peacefully improve the situation of the population ”.
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