Iran pledges to keep nu­clear prom­ises

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

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.

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