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Iranian academics still divided over nuclear deal

As proponents of Iran's nuclear deal point to its achievements, some Iranian academics discuss their criticism of the deal with Al-Monitor.
Iranian students hold placards during a rally at Iran's Atomic Energy Organization to mark the country's national day of nuclear technology April 9, 2007. The billboard reads: "As a local achievement, nuclear energy is a source of pride for Iran and the world of Islam".   REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN) - RTR1OGOY

TEHRAN, Iran — Just over a year after the signing of the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, Iranians are divided over its achievements and weaknesses. There is no sign of the celebrations in the streets of Tehran that followed the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14, 2015, let alone praise of Iran’s nuclear negotiators on social media.

Indeed, according to a recent survey by — an independent polling firm based in Canada — for the University of Maryland, 74% of Iranians believe their lives have not improved after the JCPOA, while a great portion accuse the United States of not fulfilling its commitments under the deal. The survey also shows that public awareness among Iranians of the dimensions of the JCPOA has increased dramatically.

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