Iranians have taken to social media to share their excitement about a framework nuclear deal agreed upon between Iran and major powers in Lausanne, Switzerland, Thursday. The agreement would limit Iran’s capacity to pursue a nuclear weapon, but more importantly for Iranians, it would also pave the way for a reduction and even a complete elimination of economic sanctions placed on Iran by the United Nations, United States and the European Union over its nuclear program 10 years ago.
The announcement of the deal with the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, facilitated by the European Union) was made just before midnight in Tehran, and people appeared to have stayed up waiting for the announcement. Nearly all of the geotagged tweets from inside Iran found on Trendsmap are related to the deal. Popular tags included #Irantalks, #Irandeal, #nuclear, and people being tweeted at include Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the E.U.’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini. Here’s what Iranians are sharing:
â€” Negar نگار (@NegarMortazavi) April 2, 2015
â€” ولید (@VQLID) April 2, 2015
In an unprecedented move, Iranian state television broadcast Obama’s post-deal speech live, catching many Iranians off guard. Some Twitter users started posting photos of themselves watching the talks using the hashtag #IranTalksSelfie.
â€” Holly Dagres (@hdagres) April 2, 2015
â€” Sam Asiaee (@comprehendiran) April 2, 2015
â€” Neda Maghbouleh (@nedasoc) April 2, 2015
Iran-related hashtags have also popped up in Israel -- the most vocal opponent of any deal with Iran, which has threatened the Jewish state repeatedly. Those same hashtags are trending in U.S. cities as well, particularly in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Institute of Peace highlighted the most important details of the deal here.