Iran’s Rouhani Sworn In for New Term, Commits to Nuclear Deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, sworn in for a second term in front of a good audience of foreign officials, reiterated on Saturday that his country will stand by its obligations within an international nuclear deal.

Hassan Rouhani

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“ Iran will never be the first nation to start violating” the accord, Rouhani, 68, said in the Iranian parliament, speaking to officials including European Union international policy chief Federica Mogherini. “ But we will not sit nonproductive in the face of violations” by other nations, he said, adding that their government would “ respond within proportionate measure. ”

Mogherini’ s presence is a crystal clear show of support for the Iranian chief executive, who built his first 4 years in office on a plan of engagement with western countries, and for the nuclear deal in whose fate is increasingly unclear provided U. S. President Donald Trump’ s opposition and renewed economic penalties.

Iranian officials say new Oughout. S. sanctions that target the particular nation’ s missile program — which wasn’ t negotiated included in the accord — and the Trump administration’ s wish to curb international company with Iran go against the deal attained in 2015 between France, Philippines, the U. K., U. T., Russia, China and Iran. The particular accord placed limits on Iran’ s nuclear program in exchange just for sanctions relief.

In the meeting with Mogherini prior to the ceremony, International Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated the EU needs to be “ alert” to Trump’ s efforts “ to undermine the deal laying the particular blame on Iran. ” The particular EU will safeguard the nuclear deal “ with determination, ” Mogherini said, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

Rouhani was re-elected in May and Thursday was endorsed by Great Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He’s two weeks to present his list of suggested ministers to the parliament.