Tuesday's agreement between Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear program has prompted both celebration and skepticism around the world -- even among cartoonists.
The deal to restrict Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief was heralded as an historic breakthrough by leaders in Iran and the U.S., while conservative American lawmakers and Israeli politicians expressed their dismay. Some Iranians came out onto the streets to welcome the accord, which many hope will boost their nation's economy and ease its international isolation.
A host of political cartoonists were inspired to take out their pens and weigh in on the debate.
One cartoon, in the Persian newspaper Shahrvand, reimagines the famous photo of U.S. troops raising the American flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. But this time, it's Iranian nuclear negotiators raising the Iranian flag.
Another Iranian newspaper portrays Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif as a legendary hero of ancient Iran, The Wall Street Journal's Farnaz Fassihi wrote on Twitter.
An image by Iranian cartoonist Bozorgmehr Hosseinpour re-envisions Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 2012 speech to the United Nations General Assembly, when he used a cartoon bomb to represent the threat of Iranian nuclear weapons. Hosseinpour shows a nervously sweating Netanyahu holding that cartoon, in which the bomb has been replaced by the smiling head of Zarif.
Dutch cartoonist Joep Bertrams also weighs in on Netanyahu's opposition to the deal, with a cartoon he calls "Lone wolf."
U.S. cartoonist Michael Ramirez offers a slightly more skeptical take on the deal.
More from The WorldPost on the nuclear agreement:
- Nuclear Deal Concludes In Historic Announcement - What's In The Nuclear Deal - Former Iranian President: Iran Has Capitulated - Netanyahu Doesn't Need To Read The Iran Deal To Know He Doesn't Like It