Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
After several days of intensive negotiations Iran and six world powers failed to achieve a comprehensive deal to put an end to the decade-old nuclear dispute.
Nov. 24 was settled as a deadline to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group, however the two sides agreed to continue talking till July 1, 2015 after failing to meet the deadline.
The sides also extended the Geneva nuclear deal which means the current situation of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program will continue in next months.
Last November, Iran and the P5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain, France plus Germany ) clinched an interim nuclear accord, which took effect on Jan. 20 and expired six months later. Under the deal dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six world powers undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
Of course Iran's local newspapers highlighted this important event, and the headlines in the printed press indicate how the political wings in the country are divided over Iran's nuclear case.
Some Iranian experts even claim that the country's nuclear program is not economically justified, and that the issue has become more of a political "prestige". Below are twelve headlines in Iran's leading newspapers that highlighted the latest nuclear talks.
Jahanesanat newspaper (an independent economic daily): "The end of Vienna Marathon"
Shargh newspaper (reformist newspaper): "Extending the hope"
Arman newspaper (reformist newspaper, allegedly associated with Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council of Iran): "Seven days of negotiations, Seven months of extension"
Etemaad newspaper (reformist daily): "Extending the diplomacy"
Keyhan newspaper (influential daily, close to conservatives, headed by Iranian Supreme Leader's representative): "Village chief was not reliable, sanctions extended."
*Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said during his presidential campaign: "Negotiating with the US is easier than with Europe, because Europeans have a problem where in international affairs they see a higher power by the name of US above themselves, but Americans are the village chief, and it's easier to make a deal with the village chief than with lower people."
Shahrvand newspaper (affiliated with Iran's Red Crescent Organization): "It is not over"
Vatan-e-Emrooz newspaper (conservative daily, reportedly close to ex-president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad): "Nothing"
Iran newspaper (the official daily of the government): "Second chance for diplomacy"
Jamejam newspaper (the official daily of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, close to conservatives): "Agreement; maybe in another seven months"
Javan newspaper (allegedly close to Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps(IRGC): "Seven months of artificial respiration for nuclear diplomacy"
Gostaresh SMT newspaper (affiliated with governmental Industrial Development and Renovation Organization): "Agreement; maybe some other time"
Asia (independent economic newspaper): "Negotiation game continues"
Umid Niayesh is Trend Agency's staff writer, follow him on Twitter @UmidNiayesh