Hassan Rouhani vows to end Iran's isolation despite new sanctions

Marsha Scott
August 5, 2017

He would be sworn-in for his second term.

Britain, France and Germany - which signed the deal with Russia, China and the USA - remain firm backers of the agreement and are eagerly seeking to rebuild trade ties with Iran, despite problems caused by the USA sanctions. Tehran has prepared measures that Iran would take against the USA action, he added without elaborating, except to say some of the measures will "improve" Iran's armed forces.

Commenting on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was signed in 2015, Rouhani said: "The nuclear deal is a sign of Iran's goodwill on the worldwide stage".

The new USA sanctions against Iran, part of the recently adopted law which also targets Russian Federation and North Korea, constitute a violation of the landmark 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, and will lead Tehran to react in kind, according to a senior Iranian official.

Recent reports also indicate a woman being executed on July 26 in the northwestern Iranian city of Urmia, bringing the number of women executed during the tenure of the so-called "moderate" President Hassan Rouhani to 80.

The ceremony is attended by heads of the three branches and the president-elect, cabinet ministers, members of parliament, members of the Guardian Council, judiciary officials, senior military and police commanders, political, social and cultural figures, families of martyrs and ambassadors and representatives of foreign countries.

In July, the Trump Administration had already introduced new U.S. sanctions against Iran over what it said were "malign activities across the Middle East" - even though Washington acknowledged that Tehran had been adhering to the 2015 nuclear agreement.

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

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"Eight presidents, 19 parliament speakers, nine vice presidents and prime ministers, seven parliament vice-speakers, 11 foreign ministers and 35 special envoys from different countries will reportedly attend the ceremony", the report said.

Rouhani will take the oath of office in Iran's Parliament (Majlis) on Saturday.

Leader Ayatollah Khamenei delivers validation decree to President Rouhani at the start of his second term.

He gained 57.14% of the votes. The runner-up, Ebrahim Raisi, secured 38.5% of the votes.

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