The joint statement by Iran and the superpowers following the round of nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 3, 2015 sparked widespread reactions in the Arab press, including in political cartoons. The vast majority of the cartoons expressed anger and disappointment with the statement and the nuclear horizons it opened to Iran, as well as fear of the consequences it would have for the power balance between Iran and Arab states, and of Iran’s intentions and actions. The cartoons also express harsh criticism of President Obama for his Middle East policy and for getting close to the Iranian regime.

Anger At The Obama Administration For Granting Nukes To Iran, And At The U.S. For Getting Close To Iran

“U.S., Iran Getting close: The Great Satan has become the Great Friend” (Al-Madina, Saudi Arabia, April 7, 2015)

Obama outlines Iranian nukes (Al-Khaleej, UAE, April 6, 2015)


Obama’s “Middle East policy” of lies gives him an Iranian turban (Source: Al-Hayat, London, April 8, 2015)


“Iranian nuclear negotiations” Teacher Kerry pleased with Iranian student’s solution (Source: Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 3, 2015)


U.S. and Iran carve message of love onto nuclear bomb (Source: Al-Raya, Qatar, April 6, 2015)


The Iran-U.S. deal a “surreal marriage” (Source: Akhbar Al-Kahleej, Bahrain, April 6, 2015)


The false Iranian-American friendship (Source: Al-Hayat, London, April 6, 2015)

Arab Countries’ Fear Of Iranian Intentions And The Agreement’s Effect On Them


“Iran’s nuclear reactors” [gloves read “dammar” (destruction) and “hell”] (Source: Al-Madina, Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2015)

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