Just days after the historic deal between Iran and several world powers was agreed, yet while Hassan Rouhani described the deal as ‘good’, his opponents do not share his views.
Some, such as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, described some of the world powers (believed to be aimed at the UK and the US) that signed it as “untrustworthy”. However Khamenei did acknowledge that the deal is significant and could lead to the end of Irans isolation.
Mohammad Kazem Anbarlui wrote for the conservative newspaper Resalat: “The Iranian fact-sheet of the conclusion of the deal issued by the foreign ministry had significant differences with what America’s president mentioned in his remarks,”
“The fact-sheet of the rival shows that Iranian red lines, particularly about the lifting of sanctions, have not been observed. The phrases and words used in the text contain parentheses and it is loaded with interpretable, ambiguous or multi-meaning expressions,” he added.
The view for some is that negotiating with the US is equivalent to making a deal with the devil; relationships between the two countries have been strained for decades. The fact that foreign powers want to restrict Irans nuclear programme is of particular contention.
Rouhani is counting on international sanctions to be lifted to help improve the economy, some experts think that the sanctions placed on Iran are responsible for only 20 percent of the country’s economic woes.
By Fiona Carty