Bawumia arrives in Iran for Presidential inauguration ceremony

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 5, 2017

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on Thursday confirmed Hassan Rowhani as President.

In its statement, Hamas also stresses its desire to strengthen ties with Tehran after five years of relative estrangement due to differences over the conflict in Syria.

In May, Rouhani won re-election in a landslide victory after securing 57 percent of the votes and defeating his main contender Ebrahim Raeisi, the current custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH). The Trump administration hit the ground running, re-imposing sanctions against Iran in its first weeks in office and also instating restrictions against those who are complicit with Tehran.

Amnesty's Iran researcher Nassim Papayianni said the rights organisation is urging Mogherini to request a meeting with jailed human rights defenders, and ensure they are not targeted later as a result.

New U.S. sanctions targeting Iran are a breach of its nuclear deal with world powers and an attempt to abolish the accord, Iranian officials said Thursday, adding that the government will respond to what it sees as an escalation of U.S. aggression. Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, said Iran should continue to stand powerful in the face of its enemies.

Ironically, while Trump continues to search for proof that Iran has in some way broken the letter of the JCPOA, experts believe Tehran has a very good case that the USA president made such a breach himself when he actively encouraged foreign heads of government not to back investing in Iran at the early July G20 summit in Hamburg.

The move by Trump is likely to embolden his hardline critics, who say the nuclear deal was a form of capitulation.

Ellie Geranmayeh, an Iran analyst with the European Council on Foreign Relations, said the timing of the new U.S. sanctions package was "unfortunate". "What will be absolutely critical is how the Europeans position themselves", she said.

Iran and the P5+1 countries, namely the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany inked the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, on July 2015 to end United Nations sanctions against the Islamic state, which was being accused of developing nuclear missiles. Everyone agrees that Iran has stuck to its central commitments regarding its nuclear programme - including, reluctantly, the Trump administration.

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