- Title: Profile of outgoing Iranian president Hassan Rouhani
- Date: 2nd August 2021
- Summary: Iran's Rouhani condemns Nazis' crimes in World War Two, including the killings of Jews. NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 26, 2013) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** JOSETTE SHEERAN, ASIA SOCIETY PRESIDENT, ON STAGE WITH ROUHANI (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN PRESIDENT, HASSAN ROUHANI, AT THE ASIA SOCIETY SAYING: "Let me explain that we condemn the crimes by Nazis in World War Two and regrettably those crimes were committed against many groups, many people were killed including a group of Jewish people. And we condemn their crimes. In general, we condemn the murder and killing of innocent people. It makes no difference to us when that person is innocent and is killed, whether he or she was Jewish or Christian or Muslim." ROUHANI AND SHEERAN ON STAGE During a speech in New York in September 2013, Iran's Rouhani says he wants to see results from the nuclear talks in Geneva as soon as possible. NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 27, 2013) (REUTERS) ROUHANI ENTERING ROOM FOR NEWS CONFERENCE (MUTE) (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN PRESIDENT, HASSAN ROUHANI, SAYING: "Another issue that was discussed in yesterday's meeting was that in the next meeting in Geneva, Iran would propose its plan to the P5 +1. Iran will prepare and will present it in Geneva. We hope that even a more effective step will be taken in Geneva in order to settle the nuclear issue." In June 2015, disputes linger as Iran and world powers push for a nuclear deal in Vienna. VIENNA, AUSTRIA (FILE - JUNE 28, 2015) (REUTERS) PALAIS COBURG HOTEL, VENUE OF IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY WALKING INTO HOTEL ON CRUTCHES, SHIELDED BY SECURITY AND METAL BARRIER VARIOUS OF POLICE GUARDING ENTRANCE IRANIAN OFFICIALS ARRIVING AT HOTEL HOTEL PALAIS COBURG EXTERIOR MEETING ROOM WINDOWS AND BALCONY As Iran and six major world powers strike a historic nuclear deal, the negotiating foreign ministers gather for a group photo in Vienna in July 2015. VIENNA, AUSTRIA (FILE - JULY 14, 2015) (REUTERS) MINISTERS GATHERING FOR GROUP PHOTO EUROPEAN UNION FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF, FEDERICA MOGHERINI, STANDING NEXT TO IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEY LAVROV (LEFT) STANDING WITH BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY PHILIP HAMMOND (MIDDLE) AND U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY (RIGHT) ZARIF STANDING MINISTERS WALKING OFF
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- Keywords: Hassan Rouhani Iran president Iranian nuclear deal US sanctions
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- Country: Iran
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Middle East,Government/Politics
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Iran's outgoing pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani will hand over the presidency to hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi on Thursday (August 5).
Born into a religious family in 1948, the mid-ranking Shiâ€™ite cleric played an active role in the opposition that overthrew the U.S.-backed Shah in 1979. He has held several sensitive jobs in the Islamic Republic, including representing Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for 25 years at the Supreme National Security Council.
In 2013, Rouhani won a landslide election victory promising a policy of engagement with the West. He easily secured reelection for a second term in 2017, winning more than 57 percent of the vote. Rouhani was barred by the constitution from seeking a third term.
Tensions have grown between Tehran and Washington since 2018 when then-President Donald Trump quit the deal between Iran and six world powers that sought to limit Tehranâ€™s nuclear programme and to prevent it from developing atomic weapons. Washington reimposed sanctions that have badly hit Iranâ€™s economy.
Iran, which denies ever seeking nuclear arms, retaliated to Trumpâ€™s â€œmaximum pressureâ€ policy by gradually breaching the accord. Tehran has repeatedly said it can quickly reverse those violations if U.S. sanctions are removed.
In January, Rouhani urged the incoming U.S. administration under President Joe Biden to return to a 2015 nuclear agreement and lift sanctions on Tehran, while welcoming the end of â€œtyrantâ€ President Donald Trumpâ€™s era. But as his term nears its end, Rouhani implicitly criticized Iran's top decision-makers for "not allowing" his government to reinstate the nuclear deal during its term in office.
Two senior Iranian officials told Reuters that president-elect Raisi planned to adopt "a harder line" in the talks after taking office, adding that the next round might resume in late September or early October.
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