TEHRAN (AFP) – Six top Iranian film directors have launched an Internet campaign for international agreement on Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme, warning that “no deal” would be the worst possible outcome.
The appeal under the slogan “No2NoDeal” comes as Iran and world powers have set themselves a November 24 target for a comprehensive agreement on a peaceful Iranian nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of international sanctions.
Israel has said it would be better to reach no agreement than a deal that could allow the Islamic republic to develop a nuclear bomb, despite repeated Iranian assurances that its programme is for purely civilian uses.
Among the signatories of No2NoDeal are Abbas Kiarostami, winner of the 1997 Palme d’Or in Cannes for his film “Taste of Cherry”, and Asghar Farhadi, whose work “Separation” won an Oscar for best foreign language movie in 2012.
The Internet campaign was initiated by the foreign ministry which is in charge of negotiations with world powers, due to resume by the end of October, one of the signatories told Mehr news agency.
By Thursday, the English-language appeal had attracted more than 1,500 likes on Facebook and 240 followers on Twitter.
“Before the end of the year, a simmering crisis that affects us all can be resolved,” the filmmakers declare on their site.
“Sanctions have hurt ordinary Iranians, not the Iranian nuclear programme.
“Special interests should not mislead us: there is no deal that is worse than ‘no deal’,” warn the six directors, some of whose work is banned in Iran.