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In Iran, TV series discredits nuclear negotiating team

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An Iranian television series with very realistic accents has been the subject of a pass for several weeks between the conservative wing of the regime and the government of President Hassan Rouhani. Entitled Gando (a species of crocodile, known to be a skillful predator), this thriller tells the story of the operations carried out by the Revolutionary Guards, the regime’s ideological army, against the spies in Washington’s pay within the entourage of the leader of the State.

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The intrigue takes place in 2015, in the midst of talks between Tehran and Western countries on the nuclear issue. One character, the press adviser to the Iranian negotiators, is portrayed as a spy for Washington, who tries to get closer to one of the negotiators whose name, Sabounchi, is reminiscent of the deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi.

“Cry of the people”

The broadcast of the second season, which began at the start of the Iranian New Year’s holidays, on March 20, was abruptly interrupted on April 3, just as the signatories of the 2015 agreement were stepping up discussions to resuscitate the “deal.” “, Weakened by the American withdrawal under the presidency of Donald Trump in 2018 and the multiple violations by Iran of its commitments. The conservative media, critical of President Rouhani, protested against the sudden end of the series, denouncing “Pressures” and government censorship.

A few days earlier, during a debate on the audio chat network Clubhouse, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the series Gando of ” lie (…) from beginning to end “. On the social network Instagram, the producer of the series, Mojtaba Amini, replied: Gando is the cry of the people, a cry stifled in the throat… The lie is the American and British promises on the lifting of sanctions… The lie is the promise of an economic recovery [faite par le président Rohani]. “

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