The president was re-elected largely as a reward for negotiating a deal that lifted sanctions against Iran in exchange for controls on its nuclear program. Now he has to get the economy going and rebuild international relationships.
While insisting Iran does not pose a threat to its neighbors, President Hassan Rouhani said his country would build or buy any weapons it needs. He said arms were needed because "we are not living in a normal region."
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for a "year of unity" as Iran marks the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The celebrations come just weeks after protests calling for changes in government policy.
Indian PM Narendra Modi recently concluded a tour of the Middle East and is now hosting Iranian President Rouhani in New Delhi. Incredibly, Modi has been able to maintain good ties with all Middle Eastern rivals.
President Hassan Rouhani is determined to strengthen Iran's missile capabilities, brushing aside criticism from the US. Friday's speech to soldiers marked the anniversary of the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980.
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