Iran's Rouhani Sworn in, Vows 'Peace, Stability'

But calls for 'respect' instead of sanctions
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 4, 2013 8:30 AM CDT
Iran's Rouhani Sworn in, Vows 'Peace, Stability'
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani speaks in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Hasan Rouhani was sworn in today as Iran's president, reports the BBC, vowing a government that would serve voters' call for moderation and hope. "All of those who voted, whether they voted for me, someone else, or even if they didn't vote, all of them are Iranian citizens and have citizenship rights," he said in his inaugural address. But while he said Iran "is seeking peace and stability in the region," he was critical of international sanctions on his country, saying, "If you want an adequate response, you shouldn't speak the language of sanctions, you should speak the language of respect." The AP notes that dignitaries from 50-plus countries attended the ceremony today, for the first time since Iran's 1979 revolution. Rouhani officially took over from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday. (More Iran stories.)

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