Rouhani Sworn in for 2nd Term Amid Heightened Tensions With US

Rouhani was re-elected as the country's next president on May 19 after he won a landslide victory, sweeping more than 57 percent of the votes.

The ceremony was broadcast by the IRIB TV channel.

"The government's aim is to improve Iran's image in the world.to safeguard people's rights.to end poverty.to protect the religious democracy and our people's votes", Rouhani said in a speech at the ceremony.

Iran had already said it would complain to the body that oversees the deal about the new measures, which were passed in Congress last week in response to an alleged missile development programme and human rights abuses.

"The enemy's hostility has made us more resistant", the supreme leader said.

North Korea has rejected calls for Iran-style nuclear talks, noting its situation is different from that of Iran.

The president - a member of Iran's reformist camp - also promised to use his executive authority to "uproot poverty, fight corruption and curb inflation", according to Tasnim.

"Repeated breaches of commitments by the USA administration ... can be destructive", he said, quoted by the official IRNA news agency.

Abbas Araghchi, foreign minister and senior nuclear negotiator, was quoted on Thursday, as saying that Iran will come up with a "smart" reaction to the last US sanctions by the state TV website.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has officially endorsed the reelection of Hassan Rohani as Iran's president.

After the ceremony, Rouhani addressed the participants that during the past four years in office, his government has achieved economic improvement in close interaction with the rest of the world. French energy giant Total defied USA pressure in July by signing a multi-billion-dollar gas deal with Iran.

Among the guests for Rouhani's inauguration on Saturday were Federica Mogherini, the European Union foreign policy chief, who has pledged to continue building ties with Iran despite mounting pressure from the United States to keep the country isolated.

Zimbabwe, like Iran, is also under U.S. sanctions imposed for implementing agrarian reforms that corrected imbalances in land ownership between the majority blacks and the minority whites.

Speaking in Saudi Arabia in May on his first foreign trip, US President Donald Trump said, "all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran".

  • Rogelio Becker