Daily Israel Report

Rouhani Twitter Account: Deal 'Opens New Horizons'

Twitter account attributed to Iranian Foreign Minister declares that Iranians have 'voted for modernity'; reliability of account disputed.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 11/24/2013, 10:51 AM

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani
Reuters

A Twitter account allegedly associated with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani responded with a positive word on Sunday's deal between Iran and the West.

"A positive agreement, made possible through the tireless efforts of the negotiating teams - this opens new horizons for us," Rouhani allegedly tweeted Sunday morning. Rouhani also claimed in the tweet that the deal shows that the Iranian people "has voted for modernity." 

Iranian Twitter accounts present somewhat of a conundrum regarding their credibility. While several have been opened in the name of Iranian leaders - and, at times, reflect well-known stances or remarks those leaders have made to other news sources - Twitter is banned in the Islamic Republic, leaving their reliability ambiguous. 

Rouhani was indeed a major proponent of the deal between Iran and western nations, which lifts some of the economic sanctions against the Regime in exchange for a scaling-back of their nuclear weapons program.

The deal, which was reached Sunday, was hailed as a success by the US, but condemned wholeheartedly by Israel as a "bad deal."

Rouhani's statements do align with official CNN reports that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called the deal an opportunity "to avert an unnecessary crisis" in the wake of the agreement. Zarif said he hopes the nuclear agreement will lead to "concrete steps" to improve relations between Iran and Western powers.