Iran’s Hassan Rouhani sworn in for second term

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Iran’s Hassan Rouhani sworn in for second term

“We will never accept isolation,” Rouhani told a packed audience of Iranian political and military officials in Tehran. 


Tehran, Aug 3:  Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani vowed to continue his efforts to end the country’s isolation as he was sworn in for a second term on Thursday by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei.

“We will never accept isolation,” Rouhani told a packed audience of Iranian political and military officials in Tehran.

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

However, his inauguration came less than 24 hours after fresh sanctions were imposed by US President Donald Trump, who has threatened to tear up the nuclear deal entirely.

Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate who has faced fierce criticism from conservatives for his efforts to rebuild ties with the West, issued a call for unity.

“I declare once again that with the election concluded, the time for unity and cooperation has begun,” he said.

“I extend my hand to all those who seek the greatness of the country.”

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