World leaders arriving in Tehran for President Rouhani's inauguration

Iran President Hassan Rouhani vows to end isolation as he begins his second term
Iran's Supreme Leader confirms Rowhani as president
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06 August, 2017

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

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said that his administration and country will show a "unified" response to a breach of the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

Analysts said Rouhani may struggle to make a significant impact given sharpening divisions in the dual clerical-republican power structure, and Washington's return to an aggressive Iran policy since Donald Trump took office.

The White House says Iran is complying with the deal but Mr Trump says Iran is violating its spirit.

During their Friday meeting, Zarif held talks with Ghana's Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia, who is in Tehran to attend President Hassan Rouhani's inauguration on Saturday.

The inauguration drew an estimated 130 high-ranking worldwide guests, according to Iran's state TV.

"Repeated breaches of commitments by the USA administration. can be destructive", he said, quoted by the official IRNA news agency.

After the ceremony, Rouhani addressed the participants that during the past four years in office, his government has achieved economic improvement in close interaction with the rest of the world.

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Rouhani's biggest priority is revitalising and liberalising Iran's moribund economy, which has suffered from 38 years of sanctions and outdated business practices.

Trump signed off the new sanctions - which also target Russian Federation and North Korea - on Wednesday. Mogherini has vowed to continue building ties with Iran despite pressure from the United States to keep Tehran isolated.

Rouhani then lashed out at the U.S. for failing to adhere to its obligations under the nuclear deal, stressing that Iran would never initiate the violation of the nuclear deal.

In May, Rouhani won re-election in a landslide victory after securing 57 percent of the votes and defeating his main contender Ebrahim Raeisi, the current custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH).

The move by Trump is likely to embolden his hardline critics, who say the nuclear deal was a form of capitulation.

The EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini attended the inauguration along with several other foreign guests, including French and German officials.

But among Iranians, the real attention was on who would be named to Rouhani's new cabinet.


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