Safeguard nuclear deal, Iran's Rouhani warns Trump

Speaking in his swear-in ceremony in the Iranian parliament, Rouhani criticized the United States for threatening the implementation of the nuclear deal.

On Thursday, Iran denounced the recent endorsement of new sanctions against the Islamic republic by the USA president, saying that it violates nuclear deal. "The world should know that any breach of the deal will face a unified reaction of the Iranian nation and government".

Iran's state TV reported that more than 130 high-ranking officials from various countries and worldwide organisations attended the ceremony.

The Iranian President at the same time noted that Tehran would not remain silent in the face of the U.S. failure to properly performan the deal.

In a meeting with European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Tehran, Rouhani said the presence of senior European dignitaries at his swearing-in ceremony showed that Europe was determined to expand ties with Tehran despite US pressures.

Robert Mugabe, the 91-year-old Zimbabwe president, was among the old allies of Iran to attend the ceremony, but the emir of Qatar, who attended the first inauguration in 2013, was absent.

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The Iranian President warned that "those who are thinking of tearing the accord into pieces, in actuality, would harm their political life".

Recent unilateral sanctions against Iran by the United States are mainly in response to Tehran's growing missile program, the White House says Iran's ballistic missile tests are in violation of the resolutions of the UN Security Council. Iran has vowed to respond if the bill becomes law.

Rouhani, 68, a moderate cleric who secured re-election on May 19, promised that his country will pursue a "path of coexistence and interaction with the world".

Rouhani was first elected in 2013 with almost 51 percent of the vote.

The powers of the elected president are limited by those of the unelected Supreme Leader who outranks him, but the scale of Rouhani's victory can give the pragmatist president a strong mandate. It is expected that he will do this on Tuesday.

  • Megan Austin