Published: Sat, August 05, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Supreme Leader endorses Rouhani as Iran's President

Referring to Iran as "the number one terrorist state", the US president said the Middle Eastern country supplies money and weapons to terrorist groups.

Iran's supreme leader on Thursday slammed the new USA sanctions on Tehran signed by President Donald Trump the previous day, and vowed his country would continue its missile program despite global pressure.

Ayatollah Khamenei further said Iranian officials have succeeded to cooperate with the world despite enemy attempts to isolate the nation.

"In our view the nuclear deal has been violated and we will show an appropriate and proportional reaction to this issue", Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said in an interview with state TV, according to the ISNA news agency.

The ceremony is attended by heads of the three branches and the president-elect, cabinet ministers, members of parliament, members of the Guardian Council, judiciary officials, senior military and police commanders, political, social and cultural figures, families of martyrs and ambassadors and representatives of foreign countries.

The agreement had been negotiated by the administration of Barack Obama, former U.S. president.

Araqchi said Tehran's response would be "intelligent".

"We will certainly not fall into the trap of USA policy and Trump, and our reaction will be very carefully considered", he added.

The move by Trump is likely to embolden his hardline critics, who say the nuclear deal was a form of capitulation. "The nuclear deal is a sign of Iran's goodwill on the worldwide stage.Iran will never be isolated", he said.

Separately, on July 28, the Trump administration sanctioned six Iranian entities after Iran tested a space launching device.

The US legislation imposes mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile programme.

Papayianni said Mogherini should ask to meet with activists including Narges Mohammadi, the former head of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders in Iran.

Ray said the joint commission allowed for the Iranian view on new USA sanctions to be widely discussed.

Social jusctice and poverty alleviation are among main ideals of the Islamic Establishment, said Rouhani while noting the main axis and achievements of his government, underlining that total reduction of absolute poverty is a major goal for the 12th government.

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