#IranTalks on Twitter

With the announcement of a historic agreement being made between Iran and the G5+1 on the contentious matter of the country’s nuclear program last weekend, all eyes were on Iran. What were they saying on Twitter?

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  1. The Iran nuclear agreement, which may lead to the lifting of the international sanctions that have crippled the nation’s economy, brought Iranians to social networking sites to voice their reactions. Despite being censored by the Iranian government, Twitter was one of the primary social networks used by Iranians to discuss the breakthrough agreement, though their opinions were diverse. 


    The deal outraged some, while others were pleased that Iran and G5+1 had managed to reach a consensus on the subject of Iran’s nuclear program. Small Media monitored Farsi-speaking social media users over the weekend, and found that Mohammad Javad Zarif, has emerged as hero of sorts among a majority of Iranian Twitter users.


    Vahid Manafi is a member of this majority, believing that Zarif has achieved a great deal through his negotiations: “The world powers bent to Zarif's diplomacy”.


  2. Amin is another user who believes Rouhani and Zarif have done a wonderful job: “Hail to Rouhani, hail to Zarif, the agreement has had a positive impact on [Iranian] people.”


  3. Of course there remains a significant and vocal minority of users skeptical of Zarif’s prowess. Far less willing to dish out praise, Haji argued that the only person in the country with the power to authorise this kind of agreement is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: “I would like to go to the Supreme Leader’s house instead of the airport and thank him, because he ordered [Zarif to sign the deal]. Zarif does not have this power [to sign it without the Supreme Leader’s authority].”


  4. Akbar mocked the agreement, alluding to the fact that Zarif is becoming the poster boy for something much larger than his own remit: “I’m not sure whether I should have used Zarif’s image, or Rouhani’s, or the Supreme Leader’s as my avatar picture.”


  5. Although most Iranians believe that Iran has emerged from the Geneva talks victorious, there are some who stringently oppose these views. Zanbore Sibilo is one such user, arguing, “It’s clear that we have accepted much but emerged with very little…”


  6. While most Tweets had a serious tone, some made light of the Geneva talks. For example, Yohan tweeted an image and named it “The Separation of Javad from Catherine”, which uses the title of Asghar Farhadi’s film “A Separation” to mock the series of long meetings these two diplomats held in Geneva.


  7. Users also discussed Ahmadinejad’s foreign policies the team he had in place to deal with G5+1. For instance, Emad asked a question about the meaning of the word ‘negotiation’: “If the Zarif’s job title is negotiator, then what was Jalili’s job title?”


  8. Mr Oskol thinks Zarif could singlehandedly undo 8 years of Ahmadinejad’s warmongering policies: “Ahmadinejad tried with all his might for 8 years to start a war, [but] Zarif has swiftly ruined it all [with this agreement].”

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