Thursday, 17 August, 2017

Khamenei, Rouhani Disagree over Iran's Priorities

Rohani Sworn In For Second Term Supreme Leader of Iran Formally Endorses Rouhani After Re-Election as President
Christy Curtis | 05 August, 2017, 00:42

On foreign policies, Leader underlined that "international interaction must not make us neglect enemy's plots as some of foreign states just seek destruction of Iran", he said.

The president also pointed to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and said "the JCPOA has shown Iran's goodwill to engage in constructive and effective interactions on the worldwide stage".

He added that Tehran "will show a very clever reaction" to the imposition of sanctions.

"Today, Iranians have learned how to take measures concerning the enemy's plots and Iranian officials know how to deal with the enemy".

President Donald Trump signed into law a new sanctions package that targets Iran, along with Russian Federation and North Korea, despite complaints that it includes "a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions".

Iran has yet to issue a formal response to the sanctions imposed by the U.S.

The new USA sanctions target Iran's missile programme and human rights violations, which were not covered under the 2015 nuclear deal.

Separately, on July 28, the Trump administration sanctioned six Iranian entities after Iran tested a space launching device.

"I confirm the vote and appoint you as president of the republic", Khamenei said on August 3 at a ceremony in Tehran that was attended by Iranian officials and foreign dignitaries.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks during the endorsement ceremony of the 12th Iranian Presidency, state-run news agency IRNA reported.

The report's lead researcher Philip Luther said "the European Union must not stay silent over the outrageous treatment" of activists and should press for their release "instead of appeasing Iranian officials".

He will be sworn-in as the president on Saturday, according to Reuters.

The Iranian president explained his government's economic policy and said his priority was combating poverty and facing the unemployment crisis.

During his election campaign for a second term in office, Hassan Rouhani, 68, pledged to deliver on his campaign promises of creating a freer society and improving the economic situation in the country.

Tehran-based investment company Turquoise Partners earlier suggested that TSE recorded its strongest gains over one week since mid-December 2016 with the All-Share Index advancing 1.7 percent to close at 81,509.

His conservative rival Ebrahim Raisi came second with 38.5 per cent.

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