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Rouhani Delivers Report on First 100 days, Celebrates Erosion of Sanctions Regime

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday delivered a progress report describing his first 100 days in office, describing among other things his administration’s success in weakening the international sanctions regime against the country.

One hundred days into his first term as Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani offered an upbeat progress report to the country Tuesday, two days after a nuclear deal with world powers gave his young administration a much-needed boost. “We pride ourselves on being accountable to our people,” Rouhani said at the start of a live television question-and-answer session in which he outlined his administration’s handling of Iran’s domestic and foreign affairs since taking power in August…“Citizenship rights is about making all Iranians feel they are part of one nation, one identity, under one umbrella they can feel proud of,” he said.

An English-language Twitter account linked to Rouhani boasted that Iranian negotiations had eliminated “the question of whether more sanctions would be imposed or not,” that “investment will increase [and] economic activity will increase,” and that “the stock exchange” had already benefited from a still-unimplemented interim deal announced this weekend between the P5+1 global powers and Iran. Iranian media had on Sunday carried statements from Rouhani insisting that the deal had “forced the sanctions system to collapse,” and on Monday Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters that the agreement weakened sanctions while preserving Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran’s Lebanese terror proxy Hezbollah also hailed the development:

“What was achieved through this agreement is a major victory for Iran and to all the people of the region and it is a defeat for the enemies of these people,” Hezbollah said in a statement.”(It is) a model victory and world class achievement which the Islamic state adds to its record which shines with victories and achievements.”

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