Iran Re-elects The Man Who Helped Implement The Nuclear Deal

Cheryl Sanders
May 20, 2017

A massive billboard featuring the Iranian flag and urging citizens to vote loomed above the square.

Under the nuclear deal, Iran would reduce its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98% and significantly scale back its number of installed centrifuges.

Iran denies any involvement in terrorism and says its missile program, which U.S. President Donald Trump recently targeted with new sanctions, is purely for defense purposes. Trump chose to do so, but also imposed narrow sanctions against two Iranian defense officials and an Iranian company that the US government said were linked to Iran's ballistic missile program.

Rouhani has come to embody more liberal and reform-minded Iranians' hopes for greater freedoms and openness at home, and better relations with the outside world.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani was re-elected on Saturday in the country's presidential election, with support from reformists.

He billed the deal as one that would thrust open the gates of economic opportunity, bring the country out of its isolation, and create millions of jobs for Iranians.

Nasrallah was apparently referring to gulf Arab nations that list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. He told NPR's Morning Edition that leaders in the US -allied countries of Israel and Saudi Arabia are likely to advocate "a policy which goes back to status quo ante on Iran which is pushing Iran back in the Middle East".

"The Iranian people want to live in peace and in friendship with the rest of the world, but it does not accept any threat or humiliation", Rouhani said.

He defeated Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline cleric and acolyte of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate power in Iran's complex, hybrid system of theocratic and republican elements.

Rouhani, a moderate, was a key architect of the 2015 nuclear deal with the world powers in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Norway's foreign minister is welcoming the re-election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Raisi had called the deal a "check that Rouhani's government was not able to cash" and a victory for the conservative would have likely meant its eventual end.

The 68-year-old incumbent secured a commanding lead of 57 percent in a race that drew more than seven out of every 10 voters to the polls.

Putin also expressed confidence that Moscow and Tehran will continue to work in the spirit of "maintaining stability and security in the Middle East and the world as a whole" and that agreements reached during Rouhani's visit to Russian Federation in March will be successfully implemented.

President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram confirming "his readiness to continue active joint work... in line with maintaining stability and security in the Middle East and the world as a whole", the Kremlin said. There have been concerns about his health over the last few years.

In addition to cooperation on Syria, energy and defence ties have deepened between Iran and Russian Federation in recent years.

Though the moderate Rouhani took on a reformist bent in the lead-up to the election, it remains to be seen how many of his pledges he will push for, and how strongly. Rouhani's main rival in the race, hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi, secured 38 percent of the total votes.

More than 99 percent of the ballots have been counted.

The victory of the current Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Friday's presidential election will ensure predictability of Tehran's actions both in relations with Russia and on the worldwide arena, Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of the Russian State Duma global Affairs Committee, said on Saturday.

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