July 15, 2015

THE BAD COP WAS THE GOOD COP ALL ALONG:

Iranians Party Into the Night as Khamenei Backs Accord (Golnar Motevalli and Ladane Nasseri, July 15, 2015, Bloomberg)

"Rouhani, Obama, congratulations!" some chanted in the streets in a rare public display of pro-U.S. sentiment. The two countries haven't had diplomatic relations since the 1979 Islamic Revolution deposed the Shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who was a U.S. ally.

Giti, a 48-year-old engineer who didn't want to give her surname because of sensitivity surrounding speaking to the foreign media, said young people are optimistic the deal will boost the economy and lead to better living and more jobs.

"I moved back from the U.S. three years ago and every business I've tried to set up has just hit a dead end, and I was thinking about going back," she said. "With the news today, I'm definitely staying."

Khamenei met with Rouhani on Tuesday evening and thanked the country's negotiators for their "sincere" and hard work, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported. The backing will likely strengthen the president, a moderate cleric, in the face of his hardline opponents. The deal will also meet resistance in the U.S. Congress, where lawmakers have 60 days to review it.

It was always amusing when the neocons thought the Grand Ayatollah would save them from the peace deal.

Posted by at July 15, 2015 5:41 PM
  

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