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Daniel Serweri, a conflict management expert, discusses the contradictory US media coverage of the Iranian nuclear negotiations.

The negotiations to prevent Iran from nuclear armament involve even the US media. The results, however, are not so straightforward. Just hours after a “political understanding” was reached in Lausanne on 2 April, the Iranians and Americans hastened to communicate the essence of the nuclear framework, each side emphasising different aspects of the talks in an attempt to maintain public opinion support in their respective countries.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the accord marks the “end of Security Council resolutions that have been adopted against Iran”, namely sanctions. While the release issued by the US State Department tells a different story: sanctions will be lifted only after Iran complies with a lengthy list of obligations.

Even though Americans are for the most part in favour of the negotiations, the majority of informed citizens are sceptical of Tehran, as was proven by the latest survey of the Pew Research Center, conducted immediately following the end of the talks, which showed that Iran’s global image remains overwhelmingly negative. We spoke about these issues with Daniel Serwera, a Middle East expert and senior research professor of conflict management at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. 

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