Published on 8 Apr 2015

Iran nuclear deal: a picture that said a thousand words

One question above all haunted the Iran nuclear talks.

U.S. officials wait to start a meeting with P5+1, European Union and Iranian officials as part of talks on Iran's nuclear program at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne

Did the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei support the final deal?

Khamenei had always seemed to leave his options open either way.

The question was critical throughout the negotiations.

One of the most exciting aspects of reporting Iran is that you find things out very serendipitously. The six-thousand-year-old civilisation expresses itself in weird and wonderful ways.

When the signal dawned.. we all missed it.

It came with the death of President Rouhani’s mother, just a few days into the final round of nuclear talks.

It is extremely unusual for the Supreme Leader to take time out to visit the family of the dead.

But hey presto! What did Khamenei decide to do, why, he went straight round to old mother Rouhani’s home to sit with her son.. the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

And so here in the midst of their country’s nuclear talks, we have it.

Spritual and temporal leaders pictured in animated conversation together without an apparent care in the world.

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The image was quickly shown on Iranian TV. No one else understood the significance of it…

Feast on it, for it is a defining moment in our times!

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3 reader comments

  1. Philip Edwards says:

    Jon,

    Well, at least they’re secure in the knowledge their country didn’t atom bomb two cities and murder millions of innocent civilians to make a political point.

    But Harry Truman and all the other US crackpots did. They also threatened to do the same in Korea, Vietnam, China and any other place their paranoia told them to try it on.

    Which is why the US-led West is run by a gang of hypocritical, mass-murdering cowards.

  2. Paul says:

    Hello Jon,

    While i am happy that this is, at the moment handled in a peaceful way. I couldn’t get my head around why Israel keeps pushing for a violent alternative, as do a handful of american senators. But then i came by this article htttp://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/04/09/israels-addiction-to-nuclear-blackmail-and-terror/.

    Any thoughts.

  3. Chris Gardiner says:

    The worrying thing about the Ayatollahs’ is that they are clerics and live in a blissful cloud of sheer ignorance.. If you do not believe me just pick any speech at random. You will find a sermon that is something like you might here from the next village to Dibley. They implicitly trust the leaders under them who actually run the country. By giving their blessing they endow these ministers with God like powers enabling them to do anything at all. So these leaders are pious and devout and to be trusted at all times no matter what the infidel west says.
    Is there a way to prick this bubble?

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