October 25, 2015

IT'S A TRADE DEAL:

The next battle begins : Iran starts to dismantle its nuclear facilities--and fight over its future The Economist, Oct 24th 2015)

AS IRAN'S reformists see it, the noise from the country's hardliners has grown because they are in their death throes. Take, for example, the threat to kill and bury Ali Akhbar Salehi, the head of Iran's nuclear energy agency, "under the cement at Arak", a nuclear reactor now to be converted to produce much less plutonium. The Majlis, Iran's parliament, passed the nuclear deal by 161 to 59, as did the more powerful Guardian Council. On October 18th it was officially "adopted" by all its international signatories and the UN Security Council.

Yet negotiating the deal between Iran and six world powers may turn out to have been the easy part. Between now and "implementation day", probably in several months' time, Iran is required to dismantle much of its nuclear programme, decommissioning two-thirds of its uranium centrifuges and selling or diluting 96% of its stockpile of enriched uranium. [...]

The reformists, bolstered since President Hassan Rohani was elected in 2013, hope the agreement will usher in a broad economic opening, transforming a faltering, socialist-style economy into more of a capitalist one. Business delegations currently trekking through the capital will soon be investing and tourists will flock in. Cultural and social change, they reason, will follow. "It is the biggest, most significant event in recent years," says Ebrahim Asgharzadeh, a reformer these days who was among the students who took American's diplomats hostage in 1979.

From northern Tehran's chichi cafĂ©-lined streets to the poor in its provincial towns there is widespread support for the idea of a more modern, open Iran. 

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