“During the year, even before his win in the presidential election, during the election campaign, Mr. Trump has taken all possible steps to impede the nuclear deal with Iran. But he failed.” – Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 14 January 2018.
“The [nuclear] deal is a long-lasting victory for Iran.” – Hassan Rouhani, World Tribune, 14 January 2018.
“Differences in opinions and the way we think must be recognized… Let us respect diversity and disagreements… Pressure and mechanical unity is dangerous for a society’s integrity.” – Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 14 January 2018.
“Development is not possible without progress in the humanities and Islamic sciences… Proper governance leads the society in the right direction… If the humanities are not the pioneer of society and industry, industry will turn into counter-society… Fascists also apparently use knowledge, like those who use nuclear knowledge to destroy societies and humanity.” – Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 14 January 2018.
“A clear example of this is the nuclear industry, which can be used in the interest of society in many sciences and techniques, but incorrect and false use of it can destroy society and humanity… The fact that the Supreme Leader has prohibited the production and use of weapons of mass destruction means that religion, reason, and ethics should precede knowledge.” – Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 14 January 2018.
“A science leads us to development if it considers Islamic sciences and humanities as its role model… The humanities grow in a free society and in the context of criticism and debate.” – Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 14 January 2018.
“The American administration has failed to undermine the nuclear deal … Trump, despite his repeated efforts, has failed to undermine the accord … The deal is a long-lasting victory for Iran.”- Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 14 January 2018.
“In these couple of weeks, Americans have failed in two issues. One of them is where they wanted to stand against the world’s public opinion and undermine international obligations… Commitments in domestic and international stages are of a moral nature, or the law and the proper interface of the humanities; the Americans’ attempt to breach these obligations failed. The world stood against the United States. In the last few days, they wanted to violate the international commitments they made in the JCPOA, but you saw the line against it. All countries in the world, apart from one or two countries and a hateful regime, were all integrated against them.” – Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 14 January 2018.
“As science and industry advances, if we do not respect international regulations and religious and cross-religious values, if a government violates the obligations of the previous government, it loses credibility… Failing to violate the obligations and resolutions of the United Nations by the White House is a victory for morality and law.” – Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 14 January 2018.
“The world and the UN acknowledged Iran’s right to nuclear research and development; the science of law and politics were leading this success… It’s been at least one year since Trump has been trying to kill JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]; this means the victory of law over dictatorship.” – Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 14 January 2018.
“The humanities and the social sciences are the compass for the society; the north and south cannot be changed by slogans… The relationship between doctor and patient is more healing than surgery.” – Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 14 January 2018.
“Iran and our people are great and high-principled; the mission of the humanities and Islamic sciences is to guide the society towards prosperity.” – Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 14 January 2018.
“People are right to say: ‘See us, listen to us, and respond to our demands’… Everyone should go to the glass room so people can know and judge them. Authorities are not infallible and all authorities can be criticised.” – Hassan Rouhani, The Guardian, 9 January 2018.
“It would be a misrepresentation [of the protests] and also an insult to Iranian people to say they only had economic demands… People had economic, political and social demands.” – Hassan Rouhani, The Frontier Post, 9 January 2018.
“No one is innocent and people are allowed to criticise everyone.” – Hassan Rouhani, The Frontier Post, 9 January 2018.
“One cannot impose their lifestyle on future generations.” – Hassan Rouhani, The Guardian, 9 January 2018.
“We must simply accept the fact that the people have the last word… We [politicians] must accept that we are now sitting in a glass house.” – Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 8 January 2018.
“A gathering and protest may be exploited by certain sides. This is natural and happens all over the world.” – Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 8 January 2018.
“[The White House] keeps hitting rock bottom in the wrong approaches it has chosen to deal with the Iranian nation… Over the past days, the US’s political reputation has been destroyed at the UN Security Council… [Washington] abuses its permanent membership at the Security Council and calls for a meeting [on Iran], and there, the world countries slap the US in the face.” – Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 8 January 2018.
“People’s access to social media should not permanently be restricted. We cannot be indifferent to people’s life and business,” – Hassan Rouhani, Iordan Times, 8 January 2018.
“State-run media and other media outlets unfortunately ignored some of the fundamental issues behind these events and focused only on minor issues.” – Hassan Rouhani, BBC News, 8 January 2018.
“The enemies that people drove out of Iran with the use of the revolution, want our country to be in state of unrest… our country has an influential position in the region and the world, and we are faced with sworn enemies.” – Hassan Rouhani, Mehr News, 8 January 2018.
“Today, some in the region are hostile to our country alongside the Zionist regime and the United States. Of course, the United States has already been hostile towards the Iranian nation before the revolution and supported the regime of the dictator at that time, and all parts of Iran were controlled by the Americans. Therefore, it is natural that when the Iranian people drove them out of the most important and sensitive country in the world, they become upset and angry and want our country to not be calm.” – Hassan Rouhani, Mehr News, 8 January 2018.
“Authorities are not infallible and all authorities can be criticised and if this criticism is accompanied by hope, will and correct solution, it will be very fruitful… if we fully accept that people are everything, the problems will be solved. If we talk with people transparently, our problems will be solved.” – Hassan Rouhani, Mehr News, 8 January 2017.
“We have planned $70bn worth employment for our young generation; this goal should not be hindered… it is the responsibility of the parliament to complete, help, and reform; not change the nature and purpose of the budget bill.” – Hassan Rouhani, Mehr News, 8 January 2017.
“People’s access to cyberspace should not be cut permanently; one cannot be indifferent to people’s lives and businesses… Every technology can be abused by some; we cannot block the technology and the benefits that people are taking from it.” – Hassan Rouhani, Mehr News, 8 January 2017.
“Over the past years, employment rate was about zero, which has now reached to 700,000… the forex income of the year 1394 was less than half of the previous government’s last year… People should be well informed about the regional and global conditions of economy and the growing trend of indices in Iran… It must be made clear to the people that the government has chosen the right course in economy.” – Hassan Rouhani, Mehr News, 8 January 2017.
“Banks must be fully connected to the capital market… Development of buildings and administrative sectors freezes banks’ capital. Banks should release funds for helping the economy… Paying taxes must become a public culture, even if it is minimal… The culture of insurance must be developed so that people’s lives suffer less from incidents… Insurers should not think about high profits; insurance should be competitive in the interests of people…. People should be informed about who receives budget from public resources… With transparency, criticism is heard better and corruption and problems will be eliminated.” – Hassan Rouhani, Mehr News, 8 January 2017.
“This guy [Donald Trump] who is trying today to sympathize with our people, has forgotten that a few months ago he called the Iranian nation terrorist.” – Hassan Rouhani, Sina, 2 January 2017.
“To deal with Iran’s success in various fields, the enemies have outspokenly said that they would shift the problem to Tehran, which is their own message and has nothing to do with our analysis.” – Hassan Rouhani, Mid-Day, 2 January 2017.
“Our great nation has witnessed a number of similar incidents in the past and has comfortably dealt with them. This is nothing.” – Hassan Rouhani, Fox 13 Now, 1 January 2017.
“People on the streets do not ask for bread and water, but for more freedom.” – Hassan Rouhani, Cyprus Mail, 2 January 2017.
“The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public property, violate public order and create unrest in society.” – Hassan Rouhani, Tribune, 2 January 2017.
“We have no problem bigger than unemployment. Our economy needs an operation. We must all stand together.” – Hassan Rouhani, Yahoo News, 2 January 2018.
“This is nothing. … Our nation will deal with this minority who chant slogans against the law and people’s wishes, and insult the sanctities and values of the revolution.” – Hassan Rouhani, Yahoo News, 2 January 2018.
“We should avoid putting the country in a situation the enemies can take advantage of.” – Hassan Rouhani, Yeni Şafak, 2 January 2018.
“The enemy will not remain silent vis-à-vis the nation’s progress and greatness, but there are also deceived people among the protesters who have rightful demands.” – Hassan Rouhani, Global Security, 1 January 2018.
“Criticism is different to violence and destroying public property. … Government bodies should provide space for legal criticism and protest.” – Hassan Rouhani, Straits Times, 1 January 2018.
“[The protests] may seem to be a threat, but it can be turned into an opportunity to see what the problem is. … One of the demands of the people is for us to give them more freedom.” – Hassan Rouhani, Telegraph, 1 January 2018.