Iran’s Rouhani vows to end isolation as he starts second term — “We will never accept isolation.” — Rouhani threatened that American “will be harmed” by its recent moves “violating the nuclear deal”

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP/File | Iranian President Hassan Rouhani holds a press conference on May 22, 2017

TEHRAN (AFP) – 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…

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