Iran has struck a deal with six major world powers over its nuclear programme. The country has agreed to important concessions to reassure the international community that they do not seek to make a nuclear bomb, in return for the lifting of some sanctions. The deal was agreed on day 18 of long and gruelling talks in Vienna between Iran and countries including the UK, US and Russia. It was established against the wishes of Israel, and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described it as a "historic mistake". However, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani has said it is a "victory" brought about by the "steadfastness, resistance, patience, perseverance & support" of Iranians. Full story plus video >>
The cartoon by Peter Brookes from The Times features US President Barack Obama and Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and is a graphic representation of the proverb 'He who sups with the devil should use a long spoon.' This means that person who has dealings with a dangerous or wily person should be cautious. However, the evil expression on Khamenei's face and the fact that he has a nuclear symbol on his shirt suggest that Obama is not being cautious enough. He may be using a long spoon, but he's still got his arm around Khamenei's shoulder.
1. To sup is an old-fashioned word which means to take drink or liquid food by sips or spoonfuls. • She supped up her soup delightedly.
2. When Obama says 'I am!', he means 'I am using a long spoon'.