This is how Iranians reacted to news of the nuclear deal
News of the historic Iran nuclear deal announced in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday came just before midnight in Tehran, leaving time for Iranians to take to the streets and react to the news.
The deal came after a week of difficult and often contentious negotiations between the United States, Iran and five other world powers that will bring Iran sanctions relief — while preventing it from developing nuclear weapons.
It marks a breakthrough in diplomacy between the U.S. and Iran, which broke ties in 1979 after the Iran Revolution.
While it’s unclear how widespread the celebrations throughout Tehran’s capital were, many Iranians shared photos and videos that showed them cheering, honking and waving Iranian flags to mark the occasion.
A crowd gathered in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, chanting and flashing “V for Victory” signs for Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who represented the country in the negotiations.
Others just took shots, raising their glasses to the health of the bargain.
And, seeing as it’s 2015, one man even took a selfie during Obama’s televised speech.
The announcement, following talks that burst through a March 31 deadline amid deep uncertainty about the outcome, begins another three months of more detailed negotiations during which the nations will try to reach a comprehensive final accord to achieve the limits.
The United States, Iran and other countries involved in the effort each hailed the framework, which reached by weary but upbeat diplomats after seven days of often sleepless nights in Switzerland.
Those involved have spent 18 months in broader negotiations that had to be extended twice due to an inability to bridge wide gaps in positions since they reached an interim accord in November 2013. The November deal itself was the product of more than a year of secret negotiations between the Obama administration and Iran, a country the U.S. still accuses of being the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.