Support for the negotiations remains steadfast
Every single respondent in the study expressed unequivocal support for the negotiations, and a hope that they would result in a negotiated settlement over Iran’s nuclear program. This support was independent of any views regarding the effects of those negotiations on any other aspect of Iranian life—the economy, political rights, or social and cultural freedoms. As summed up by these interviewees:
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All people in different areas recognize the heavy shadow of the nuclear program on their advancement, welfare, and peace. I believe that society is wholeheartedly awaiting a deal’s signature. People hope that when they wake up on the morning of July 1, they will hear that an agreement has been written.
–Nemat Ahmadi, Lawyer
At whatever level the agreement is reached, the Iranian people would benefit from it, just as the Iranian nation benefited from the negotiations [because] what was considered “the military option” was, at least for the time being, taken off the table.
–Issa Saharkhiz, Journalist and Former Political Prisoner
We hope an agreement is reached and that it is signed, so that our nation can take a breath after all this prolonged pressure.
–Shahla Lahiji, Publisher, Roshangaran and Women Studies Publishers