Rouhani vows "constructive" interaction with world in second term

Laura Christensen
August 6, 2017

The incumbent moderate President was re-elected for a second term in office on May 19, for another four years, sweeping over 23 million or 57 per cent of the votes.

Religious, military, and political leaders attended the August 3 ceremony, which was broadcast on Iranian state television.

"The nuclear deal is a sign of Iran´s goodwill on the global stage", he said, referring to the 2015 agreement with world powers to curb its atomic programme in exchange for an easing of sanctions.

Following the nuclear agreement, all nuclear-related sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for taking steps to limit its nuclear program to ensure the world of the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.

Rouhani pledged to adhere to the "resilient economy", the outlines of which have already been drawn by the Supreme Leader, and make use of domestic potential for economic growth. In July, 265 members of the European Parliament signed a joint declaration, calling on the EU and European governments to predicate their ties with Iran on improvements in the situation of human rights.

In recent weeks, the USA has imposed new sanctions on Iran nationals and entities, accusing it of breaching the nuclear deal, allegations that Iran denies.

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Dozens of world dignitaries attended Mr Rouhani's inauguration at Iran's parliament, reflecting an easing in Iran's isolation since the nuclear deal.

He accused the United States of a "lack of commitment" to the deal and said it was an "unreliable partner".

Referring to the problems created by the United States in the course of implementation of the JCPOA, Iran's Foreign Minister noted that the new U.S. administration is seeking to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from enjoying the advantages of the JCPOA.

Today, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will be sworn in for his second term. An arms embargo will be enforced and Iran's prestigious Revolutionary Guard will face terrorism sanctions.

"The main ministers are very likely to stay in place", said Henry Smith, Iran analyst with consultancy Control Risks, told AFP.

But the Europeans do oppose Iran's recent missile tests, with the French foreign ministry stating on Thursday that they "contradict" UN Resolution 2231 which oversees the nuclear deal, and "constitute a potential threat to stability and security in the region".

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