Iranian president: implementation of the nuclear agreement is the priority

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that protecting the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in 2015 should be the main foreign policy priority of the new government, as reported by Radio Liberty.

It was reported that the Iranian Parliament approved 16 of the 17 candidates proposed by the President for his second term in the office, to which Rouhani was re-elected in May 2017 and officially began on August 5th.

Among those approved were Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who also held this post in the previous government and headed the Iranian delegation at the nuclear agreement talks.

"Speaking in Parliament, prior to approving the composition of this government during a televised speech, he paid special attention to the United States and said that for Iran's Foreign Minister, the most important task would be to preserve the nuclear agreement and prevent America and Iran's enemies from achieving their goal," the statement read.

The president of Iran is not the actual head of the state (in Iran a Rahbar is chosen from a narrow circle of conservative clergy as the supreme leader and decides all of the most important issues), however he heads the government, as the post of Prime Minister does not exist in the Iranian syste.

It was noted that there are 18 ministers in the government, however Rouhani has not nominated a candidate for any of the posts yet.

Earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the country can withdraw from the agreement on the nuclear program if the United States continues to impose new sanctions.

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