Ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi was Tuesday inaugurated as president of Iran, a country whose hopes of shaking off a dire economic crisis hinges on reviving a nuclear deal with world powers. "Following the people's choice, I task the wise, indefatigable, experienced and popular Hojatoleslam Ebrahim Raisi as president of the Islamic Republic of Iran," Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wrote in a decree read out by his chief of staff.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday stressed that his country ”never seeks war" with the United States, he was quoted as saying during a phone call with this French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. "Iran has no interest to increase tension in the region and it never seeks war with any country, including (the) US," Rouhani said as reported by state news agency IRNA.
Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weaponry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, reiterating a long-held Israeli position after Tehran announced it was scaling back some of its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal.