Iran’s nuclear negotiating team returned to a heroes’ welcome after clinching a deal with world powers in Geneva.
Some of those waiting at Tehran’s airport held posters of President Hassan Rohani, the architect of the country’s initiative in pushing for the talks.
The agreement which curbs Iran’s more sensitive nuclear activity – its higher grade enrichment of uranium – in exchange for initial sanctions relief is being seen as a victory by both sides.
Most of those who had turned out to welcome the negotiators appeared overjoyed at the agreement.
“Most sanctions imposed against Iran were hitting the economy. What they have achieved leads to the release of some Iranian assets.
I think everything is going to get better. Today we could see that on the streets, even the currency has gone up already,” said one Tehran resident.
Another added: “After years of putting pressure on Iran, the world powers were finally forced to recognise Iran’s right to enrichment. This is something to be proud of for any Iranian.”
But Israel has denounced the deal as a “historic mistake”. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s condemnation prompted immediate reassurances from US President Barack Obama with a promise of having a shared goal in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.