Iran pledges to keep nuclear promises
IRANIAN President Hassan Rouhani, sworn in for a second term in front of an audience of foreign officials, reiterated at the weekend that his nation will stand by its obligations in an international nuclear deal.
“Iran will never be the first country to start violating the accord,” Rouhani, 68, said in the Iranian parliament, speaking to officials including EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. “But we will not sit idle in the face of violations by other countries,” he said, adding that his government would “respond in proportionate measure”.
Mogherini’s presence is a clear show of support for the Iranian president, who built his first four years in office on a policy of engagement with Western nations, and for the nuclear deal whose fate is increasingly unclear given US President Donald Trump’s opposition and renewed financial penalties.