MIDEAST MIRROR 15.07.15, SECTION C (TURKEY & IRAN)
1-From today’s Turkish press
IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: Gonul Tol sounds a cautious note on the Iran nuclear deal in centre-left Radikal: "The results achieved in the Vienna nuclear talks with Iran represent a foreign policy success for the Obama administration. And this compromise can facilitate normalizing relations between the West and Iran in the long run. But in the interim, it would not be realistic to expect the situation in Syria and Iraq to change the way the West wants, and that Iran will give up its aggressive policy in the region for the sake of an engagement with the West. On the contrary, Iran's policy in Syria and Iraq from now on may leave Tehran and the West at loggerheads."
Sami Kohen suggests that Turkey needs to adapt to the new reality in centrist Milliyet: "This historic agreement is a victory for diplomacy first of all. It represents the first time that a state guarantees that it will not undertake any scientific research to produce nuclear weapons. When a country such as Iran, which has challenged the West and the world for years, accepts this commitment, this is a significant development. It is also true that the world has breathed a sigh of relief. In short, and thanks to this deal, we may witness the emergence of a 'new Iran' in the region. And this will affect the balance in the region, which concerns Turkey directly."
Mustafa Balbay examines some possible economic repercussions in secular, Kemalist Cumhuriyet: "The deal that will be put into practice with the latest report of the International Atomic Energy Agency will have serious economic consequences. First of all, Iran's money outside of the country will be freed. Iranian oil and natural gas firms will come on to the world scene. One does not need a crystal ball to predict that with time, Iran's limited influence on the region will expand. However, Iran making peace with the world is to Turkey’s benefit as well."
Lale Kemal believes that Turkey needs to reshape its foreign policies in moderate, pro-Islamic, pro-Gulen Zaman: "What a great irony is it that while Turkey, a veteran member of NATO, is clearly breaking off with the West, Iran is beginning to reconcile with the West. Turkey will be unable to maintain its image, which it has lost not only in the West but in the Middle East as well, merely by using its geographical position as given by God. The Iran factor now forces it to reshape its foreign policy."
Ali Agaoglu calls on Ankara to seize the moment in centrist Vatan: "Unless we make a 100-degree- if not a 180-degree- turn in our foreign policy, we can only be a 'subcontractor' of this historic deal. Yes, since Iran is our neighbor, this deal will naturally have a positive effect due to our logistical advantages especially with regard to border trade. We can still pursue our rivalry with Iran for 'regional leadership'. However, I do not believe that this is an obstacle to developing mutual cooperation. The Iran deal can be a historic opportunity for us as well. This is the moment to adopt a 'reasonable approach' in order to re-gain at least some of the positions that we have lost due to our unfruitful policies; let us not miss it."
Aydin Cubukcu argues that the West will win out in leftist Evrensel: “Putting aside the details, the deal really is a big gain for Iran. With this deal, we can already detect the relief in the 'world markets', the fall in oil prices and invigoration of trade relations in the near future. Thanks to the deal, cooperation with the U.S., which has long been in place with regard to Iraq, has now made way for economic cooperation that benefits the U.S. and the EU (especially Germany). In this respect, Iran's market, which has long been whetting the appetite of Western firms with its population of around 80 million, will now be in Western hands."
Erdal Saglam calls on Ankara to adopt a new approach in centre-right Hurriyet: "Ridding Iran of nuclear arms will first of all alleviate Turkey's security concerns. In addition, the explosive atmosphere of the region will benefit from compromise and from Iran turning into a stable strong country. As far as the economy is concerned, this depends on how the Turkish authorities react. Roughly speaking, when the embargo is lifted, the demand for consumer products in Iran will increase and Turkey can satisfy a great share of this demand due to its proximity. If Turkey wants to benefit from the Iran deal both politically and economically, it should definitely change its recent foreign policy."
2-From today’s Iranian press
NUCLEAR DEAL: Conservative Khorasan contends that Iran has scored whatever happens: "If we had not improved our deterrence, the Americans would have considered all available options. If we had not achieved significant nuclear advance, we would neither have had a strong hand in bargaining nor would the enemy have chosen to talk. Iran's power has been the main reason that forced the world's six major countries to recognize our strength. Even if the talks had failed or if they face future challenges due to U.S. disputes or breach of promise; the world has already accepted a nuclear Iran."
Hard-line Keyhan hopes for one version: "Obama's interpretation of the Vienna document is seriously different in many instances from President Rowhani’s in his statement on television. Nonetheless, in the few days before the final approval of the agreement by the Majlis and the Supreme National Security Council, we hope that the differences in readings are removed and the provisions of the agreement become transparent and not open to interpretation."
Conservative Siyasat-e Ruz reports: "The U.S. claims some points that are not in the text of the agreement or in the joint statement to portray themselves as the winners of this unfair war. Western media and authorities have been trying to depict that they were the victors who have succeeded in inhibiting Iran."
Conservative Quds waits for the U.S.: "After 22 months of negotiations and consultations, the text of the conclusion came out in Vienna. Let us see whether the West is committed to this deal and whether they will ratify and implement the agreement or not. Experience shows that the U.S. is not reliable, but, if they commit to their promises, we will witness a new way for strengthening Iran in the international arena."
Reformist Sharq is not elated:" The government has a tough marathon ahead of the implementation of the agreement. The closer we get to the destination, the more difficult the path becomes. The deal will change the behaviour of neighbouring and regional countries towards Iran. Though the agreement is encouraging and inspiring, it is not enough. The U.S. is the same U.S. and Iran is the same Iran. In politics, strategies rarely change, only tactics change."
Reformist E'temad understands the virtues of diplomacy: "Hostilities between Iran and the U.S. may not end, but it would be possible to sit at the negotiating table with the enemy. Though American and Iranian anger will endure in some issues, hostility has been suspended in the nuclear field. Neither the U.S. intends to stay away from negotiating with Iran, nor would Middle East opponents dare stand against talks. This important nuclear accord could not have happened without understanding the correct virtues of diplomacy."
Centrist Jomhuri-ye Eslami writes of a national achievement: "The agreement is a great achievement for the international community and a valuable victory for the Iranian people. What has turned it into a great victory for our nation is the fact that Iranian negotiators could defend the country's rights with logic, reasoning and prudence and have managed to convince the international community of the peaceful nature of our nuclear activities. The complex and sensitive situation in the region reveals another important aspect of this agreement: An unresolved nuclear standoff would have further inflamed the region. The twisted logic and confusion by some should not pollute this great national achievement with factional rivalries. There is no doubt that this success is a national achievement and victory and no one has the right to confiscate it."
Reformist Mardom Salari expects serious change: "By winning the exhausting nuclear battle, President Rowhani's administration started a new chapter in Iran's relations with the international system. This deal was the victory of resistance over arrogance and the evidence is the Zionist regime's fury about it. This deal will make the Muslim world more determined to reclaim the noble Quds. The power balance in the region will change and as Iran is the harbinger of peace and tranquillity and the symbol of security in the Middle East, the Zionist regime and Saudi Arabia - as the breeders of terrorism in the region - will be forced to change their cruel tactics. There is even a possibility that ISIS will move from Iraq to East Asia. All this depend on the manner of cooperation between Iran and America."
Conservative Resalat distinguishes between the real and the fake: "Linking regional crises to the nuclear talks has been highlighted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the European troika for the past 20 days. The core of regional crises and the nature of Iran's nuclear program are, however, quite different. The region's crises are genuine and stem from the terrorist policies of Washington, London and other Western players, while Iran's nuclear dossier is a bogus crisis created by Western propaganda."
Hard-line Javan considers the helpful role of the National Security Council: "We do hope that the joint statement would be the start of a good agreement for the beloved, honourable and strong nation of Iran. Our negotiators did their best to have our redlines taken into account in this deal. Based on Majlis legislation, the National Security Council should approve that the conclusion of the talks complies with national interests. President Obama clearly urged the Congress to review the agreement accurately. Our National Security Council should also accurately and wisely review the deal and thereby, increase the Iranian nation's confidence that it is a good agreement."
Reformist Arman claims that Israel is the biggest loser of the deal: "With more than a decade of patience, the Islamic Republic showed that lost rights can be regained through diplomacy based on logic, principles and values. What happened has not been favoured by the Zionist regime, in particular Prime Minister Netanyahu; it has made them furious. Undoubtedly, the Zionist regime was the biggest loser of the deal. The remarks by EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini show clearly that the region's situation depends on the effective actions of Iran as the anchor of stability and peace in the region."
Moderate Iran is hasty in its conclusion: "Various important factors are involved in the substantive change in political dialogue between Iran and Western powers. Their change of policy comes from their assessment that the centres of power, stability and security in the region have changed. The West's 30-year-old partner in the region Saudi Arabia will be ruined or at least will face numerous crises, while Iran is the only stable and powerful option for future cooperation."
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