At a time of heightened tension between the West and Iran with the US more determined than ever to prevent the Islamic state from becoming nuclear-armed Iranians are uncertain about the future they face.
Local residents in Tehran's northern district were on Monday (January 25) divided over the comments of US president Barack Obama, who, in a State of the Union address, warned Iran the United States would keep up pressure on its disputed nuclear program with "no options off the table" but said the door remained open to talks for a peaceful resolution.
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"As an Iranian citizen I am determined that it is better if these issues are resolved with talks. In reality and in my opinion war doesn't achieve anything other than blood-shed. All that would happen ultimately is we would end up with smoke in our own eyes. Nothing is better than negotiations," said 23 year-old student Naser Amirian.
Street vendor Mohammad Rabaei, was more defiant.
"As an Iranian citizen, I will protect my country and in no way will I give up on my people. If there is war, we have all sorts of different weapons. If there is an attack, as a nation, all of us will protect the country, and we will never neglect it."
His words were echoed by 40 year-old unemployed woman Farahnaz Pour-Hojjat.
"My opinion is that the government needs to stand up to them and do whatever it can. The people should stand up for their country too."
Obama said on Tuesday (January 24) Tehran was isolated and facing "crippling" sanctions that he said would continue so long as the Islamic Republic keeps its back turned to the international community.
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