Rouhani Begins Second Term with Warning to US


Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday the US is not a trustable country to work with over international issues. Speaking in his swear-in ceremony in the Iranian parliament, Rouhani criticized the US for threatening the implementation of the nuclear deal, Xinhua reported.

He said that the Islamic republic would remain committed to the international nuclear deal and would not violate the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the six major powers two years ago.

“However, Iran would not be silent in the face of US threats to the implementation of the deal,” he said, adding that “Tehran would reciprocate every threatening move by Washington in this regard.”

The Iranian President warned that “those who are thinking of tearing the accord into pieces, in actuality, would harm their political life.”

“The world would not trust the United States anymore,” Rouhani, 68, told the jam packed audience which included, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. 

Rouhani was alluding to the US President Donald Trump’s comments on Iran’s nuclear deal during his presidential campaign, as Trump repeatedly criticized the accord, calling it “the worst deal ever negotiated.”

Observers say, Mogherini’s presence in Tehran is a clear show of support for the Iranian president, who built his first four years in office on a policy of engagement with western nations.

On Thursday, Iran denounced the recent endorsement of new sanctions against Tehran by the US President, saying that it violates nuclear deal.

Earlier Hassan Rouhani took oath of office as Iran’s 12th president in the presence of the country’s high-ranking officials as well as leaders and senior politicians from around the world.

The inauguration ceremony opened at the Parliament in Tehran with delegates from more than 100 countries, including several heads of state, partaking in it.

He said the Iranian government has taken great steps to improve nation’s health, adding that the level of education and health in Iran is better than many other countries.

Iran; however, is still facing big challenges including water shortage and unemployment, he noted.

Rouhani stressed the importance of a strong economy in the country and said the next government eyes economic reforms.

The Iranian president also said the Islamic Republic would continue to defend the oppressed nations throughout the world.

Rouhani said regional problems could be solved only through dialogue and cooperation and invited countries in the region to join political initiatives to end the crisis in Yemen.

He stressed the importance of increasing dialogue among governments and nations in order to repel the present “dangerous and complicated” threats.

“[Increasing] constructive interaction with world countries, deepening bonds with neighboring and regional countries and boosting the level of cooperation with friendly countries are not only a wise choice but a necessity,” Rouhani said.

He warned of plots by foreign powers pursuing their self-interests in regional issues, saying they are creating chaos and instability in the Middle East.

Rouhani was re-elected in May and on Thursday was endorsed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He has two weeks to present his list of proposed ministers to the parliament.

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