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Rouhani stresses for greater cooperation between Pakistan, Iran

ISLAMABAD: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday stressed for greater cooperation between Pakistan and Iran in diverse fields including trade, commerce, energy and security. He was talking to Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser who called on him in Tehran on the sidelines of the second Speakers' Conference. The Iranian president said the two countries had deep links which were rooted in history and rich civilization. Read More: NA speaker says strong Pak-Iran relations imperative for prosperity in region The…

Europe support against US ‘rare victory’ for Iran: Rouhani

TEHRAN: President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that the divisions between the US and Europe over renewed sanctions on Iran were a "rare historical victory" for the Islamic republic. "If this time last year, we had stated that America would stand against the great nation of Iran... and Europe would stand with Iran and against America, the overwhelming majority of us... would have said that this was pure optimism," Rouhani told lawmakers in a televised address. "The political victory of the great nation of Iran over the…

US toughens stance on Iran, lists sweeping demands

WASHINGTON: The United States on Monday demanded Iran make sweeping changes -- from dropping its nuclear program to pulling out of the Syrian civil war -- or face severe economic sanctions as the Trump administration hardened its approach to Tehran. Iran dismissed Washington's ultimatum and one senior Iranian official said it showed the United States is seeking "regime change" in Iran. Weeks after President Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, his administration threatened to impose "the…

Trump decision on Iran is ‘psychological warfare’: Rouhani

TEHRAN: US President Donald Trump's decision on Tuesday to pull out of the nuclear deal is an act of "psychological warfare" against Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said. Speaking on state television, Rouhani said he wished to discuss Trump's decision with the European, Russian and Chinese parties to the 2015 deal. The Iranian president appeared on the state broadcaster just minutes after Trump announced the historic decision to withdraw the United States from the agreement.…

Iranian president inaugurates first phase of Chabahar Port

KABUL: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of the Chabahar port, opening up a new transit route between Afghanistan, Iran and India that bypasses Pakistan. The Shahid Beheshti port, located in Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province, was inaugurated by Rouhani in the presence of dignitaries from India, Afghanistan, and several other countries of the region, an Indian media report said. A day earlier, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Iranian counterpart…

US urges Rouhani to end ballistic missile tests

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday urged Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to dismantle Tehran's "network of terrorism" and end ballistic missile testing, in Washington's first reaction to his re-election. "What I would hope, is that Rouhani... use that (new) term to begin a process of dismantling Iran's network of terrorism, dismantling its financing of the terrorist network, dismantling the manning and the logistics and everything that they provide to these destabilising forces that exist in this…

Long queues as Iranians start voting in presidential election

TEHRAN: Iranians began voting on Friday in a closely-fought presidential contest between pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani and hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi that could determine the pace of social and economic reform and Iran's re-engagement with the world. State television showed long queues outside polling stations in several cities and said 56 million Iranians out of the more than 80 million population were eligible to vote. "Everyone should vote in this important election ... vote at early hours," Supreme…

Iran army criticises Rouhani’s missile comments

TEHRAN: Iran’s armed forces warned President Hassan Rouhani against discussing the country’s defence programme after he criticised the anti-Israel slogans written on the side of ballistic missiles, local media reported Saturday. During an election debate Friday, Rouhani took the rare step of criticising the elite Revolutionary Guards for the provocative messages they wrote on ballistic missiles before testing them. “We saw how they wrote slogans on missiles and showed underground (missile) cities to disrupt the JCPOA…

Ahmadinejad barred from Iran election by Guardian Council: state media

TEHRAN: President Hassan Rouhani was among six candidates approved Thursday by Iran's Guardian Council to run in next month's election while former leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was barred, state media reported. The other candidates selected were hardliners Ebrahim Raisi and Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, conservative Mostafa Mirsalim, former minister Mostafa Hashemitaba and Rouhani's ally and vice-president Eshaq Jahangiri. Both Ahmadinejad and his close ally Hamid Baghaie were barred from running by the Guardian Council.…