19 Jul 2015

'Iranians excited about the future'

9:00 am on 19 July 2015

An academic from Tehran now working in New Zealand says Iranians are genuinely excited about the future of their country, now that a landmark nuclear deal has been reached with world powers.

Iranians celebrate after nuclear deal is reached

Iranians celebrate on the streets of Tehran. Photo: AFP

Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at Massey University Negar Partow said the lifting of crippling economic sanctions was like a new birth for Iran, allowing it back into the international community.

She told the Sunday Morning programme with unemployment so high - especially among those under 40 - many people are now hopeful things will change.

"Irainians celebrated it. They had parties in the street."

"But also there are good news already coming up, so from a coutnry who was very much on the verge of economic bankrupticy, now we hear that the first Euorpean delegations will go to Iran for economic discussions."

People are genuinely very, very excited about the future."

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