Iran's Rouhani Accuses U.S. Over Nuclear Deal
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was sworn-in for a second term on Saturday (August 5), has accused the United States of trying to undermine Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.
Rouhani, who was decisively re-elected in May after promising to open Iran to the world, took the oath of office before parliament in Tehran. Over 100 world leaders and political officials attended the inauguration ceremony of Rouhani in the parliament.
In comments aimed at Trump, Rouhani said those who wanted to tear up the nuclear deal should know that they will be ripping up their own political life.
Rouhani has intensified efforts to protect the deal - the biggest achievement of his first term - against Washington's return to an aggressive Iran policy.
He said that the Islamic republic would remain committed to the international nuclear deal and would not violate the deal signed two years ago.
"On behalf of Iranian citizens and officials, I declare that Iran will not initiate violating the nuclear deal. However, Iran will not be silent in the face of U.S. threats to the implementation of the deal. Iran has proved that we will respect those who respect us, and have a tit-for-tat response to those who sanction and threaten us," he said.
The U.S. Senate voted in late July to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missiles program and human rights issues.
The deal Rouhani championed with the United States and five other major powers in 2015 led to the lifting of most sanctions against Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear program.