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Iranians want more than a nuclear deal

While most Iranians were excited about the nuclear deal, many hoped that it would be the first step of bringing normalcy and stability back to their lives.
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran.

A woman walks on a sidewalk in central of Tehran March 3, 2012. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi  (IRAN - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR2YRLH

TEHRAN, Iran — Many Iranians have had a positive reaction to the nuclear agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, the P5+1. The morning after the six-month interim deal was announced, many Iranians seemed happy and greeted neighbors with smiles. After eight years of a hard-line president in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and increasing tensions with the West over Iran’s nuclear program that constantly brought threats of military action against Iran, Iranians seem both jubilant and relieved. However, when talking to them, many of their day-to-day problems still persist and there are many reasons for them to feel that their happiness may be short-lived. That’s why many Iranians hope that the nuclear deal will be the first part of many more deals and better relations with the West.

“They did the right thing. They should have done this a long time ago instead of waiting and allowing people to suffer poverty and hunger, “ said a construction worker on Karim Khan Street, who spoke to me only after some persistence. “But still, I thank God that they finally did it. It is never too late. Prices will drop, I guarantee it; it will take four or five months but it will happen.” 

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