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Iranian Public Opinion On The Nuclear Talks


An Iranian man reads a copy of the 'Hamshahri' newspaper, featuring a picture of Iranian foreign minister Mohamad Javad Zarif and his counterparts from France, Germany, UK, China, Russia and the US, outside a kiosk in Tehran, 25 November 2014.

An Iranian man reads a copy of the 'Hamshahri' newspaper, featuring a picture of Iranian foreign minister Mohamad Javad Zarif and his counterparts from France, Germany, UK, China, Russia and the US, outside a kiosk in Tehran, 25 November 2014.

The November 24 deadline for achieving a comprehensive deal between Iran and six world powers -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany -- over Iran's nuclear program passed with an agreement to extend the talks for another seven months. Official reactions are readily accessible; but what did people inside Iran expect from the negotiations, what are they being told about them by state-run media, and how might the debate unfold domestically over the next seven months?

This edition of RFE/RLive will feature Radio Farda journalist Hannah Kaviani, who has traveled to Geneva and Vienna to cover the nuclear talks since they began in earnest in 2013, and Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi. Kaviani and Mortazavi will be joined by RFE/RL Regional Broadcasting Director for Iran and Iraq, Mardo Soghom.

RFE/RLive: Iranian Public Opinion
On The Nuclear Talks

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Thursday, December 4, 2014
Washington - 11:00 AM / Prague - 5:00 PM

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Hannah Kaviani joined RFE/RL's Radio Farda in early 2008, where she focuses on covering Iran's controversial nuclear program and the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers over that program. Ms. Kaviani has traveled to both Geneva and Vienna to cover the negotiating sessions, which intensified in 2013 following the inauguration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (@Hannahkaviani)

Negar Mortazavi Negar Mortazavi is an Iranian-American journalist and media analyst based in New York who has closely followed Iranian politics and society since 1999. Ms. Mortazavi worked with Voice of America from 2010 to 2014 where she co-founded the Persian Service's Social Media Team and was the host of the Persian Service's "Straight Talk" television program. (@NegarMortazavi)

Mardo Soghom is RFE/RL Regional Broadcasting Director for Iran and Iraq. Mr. Soghom joined RFE/RL in 1989 as a special correspondent in New York, later becoming the Director of RFE/RL’s Armenian Service. In 2002, he helped launch Radio Farda, RFE/RL’s Persian- language service. Mr. Soghom was born in Iran, completed his undergraduate studies in Lebanon, and has an M.A. and M.Phil in Political Science from Columbia University.

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