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Iranians welcome nuclear deal with world powers, hoping for better economy, end to isolation

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    This image made from video broadcast on Press TV, Iran's English language state-run channel shows President Hassan Rouhani making a statement following announcement of the Iran nuclear deal, Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in Tehran. Rouhani says 'a new chapter' has begun in relations with the world. (Press TV via AP video) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - This Jan. 15, 2011 file photo shows the heavy water nuclear facility near Arak. Iran and six world powers reached a landmark nuclear deal on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 meant to place long-term verifiable limits on nuclear programs that Tehran could modify to make atomic arms. All past UN Security Council resolutions on the Iran nuclear issue will be revoked simultaneously with Iran’s compliance with its commitments at Fordo, Arak, its implementation of agreed-on transparency and honoring other responsibilities. U.S. officials said Tuesday all that stands and more an arms embargo and sanctions imposed on Iran’s ballistic missile programs will remain under a new resolution for five to eight years. (AP Photo/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan, File) (The Associated Press)

Ordinary Iranians are welcoming the country's historic nuclear deal, embracing it as a chance to end their nation's isolation and an opportunity for a better economy after years of stifling sanctions.

There are no signs of people pouring into the streets of Tehran after the deal was announced on Tuesday — but that may have more to do with the stifling summer heat and the fact that most Iranians are fasting during the last days of Ramadan.

Many instead were glued to television coverage of the deal. At one Tehran electronics shop, people clapped as President Hassan Rouhani appeared on screen to address the nation.

Shopkeeper Ali Hosseini summed up the mood by saying: "I am proud that my country has resolved this critical issue through talks, not war."