Sciutto: Iranians ‘Celebrating’ Nuclear Deal

CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto reported that people in Iran were “celebrating” the announcement of the Iran nuclear deal because the country would be opened up to the world, a goal that he said is shared by Iran’s government on Thursday’s “CNN Newsroom.

Sciutto reported that Iranian state television broadcasted President Obama’s announcement of the deal, adding “I have never seen anything like that, an American president getting, in effect, a live megaphone into and around Iran” although he cautioned that he didn’t know who translated the remarks and what commentary took place afterwards.

He continued, “the economic sanctions being lifted here, that’s really the focus in Iran. People there, and I’ve seen the tweets coming out, and I’ve heard from contacts in Iran, they are celebrating right now. They’re putting out videos as they celebrate this deal. Because they’ve been under pariah status for some four decades, and they see the opening of this. So, from the American perspective, it’s all about the nuclear program, for the Iranian people, for this government, that was elected, keep in mind President Rouhani, to change the dynamic with the West. For them, it’s about opening up this country to the world after so long being isolated, being squeezed by sanctions, etc. A long way to go for all those sanctions to be lifted. But I think you’re going to be hearing a lot of celebration inside Iranian homes tonight.”

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