Hassan Rouhani: Ideology and Policies

Hassan Rouhani: In His Own Words

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s statements consistently expose as fraudulent the persistent claims that he is a “moderate.” Rouhani’s words demonstrate his commitment to Iran’s Islamic revolutionary regime and unapologetic advocacy for its illicit nuclear and ballistic missile pursuits, theocratic ideology, support for terrorism and regional dominance, repression of human rights, and enmity toward the U.S. and Israel. See Rouhani “in his own words” to understand the myth of his “moderation.”

Do you know what the Geneva agreement means? It means the surrender of the big powers before the great Iranian nation. The Geneva agreement means the wall of sanctions has broken

Nuclear program

  • “The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is very unlikely to accept America’s demand to inspect our military sites.”

    August 29, 2017, in a televised interview
  • "The new US administration officials should know that the failed experience of threats and sanctions forced their predecessors to come to the negotiating table. If they prefer to return to those times, Iran will definitely return to a situation much more advanced than the start of the [nuclear] negotiations, not within months and weeks, but in a matter of hours and days. … The JCPOA is not and will not be the only option for the country.”

    August 12, 2017, in a televised speech at the Parliament’s opening session
  • "Repeated breaches of commitments by the US administration ... can be destructive. … The world should know that any breach of the deal will face a unified reaction of the Iranian nation and government.

    September 19, 2004 statement to the Iranian newspaper Kayhan, as Supreme National Security Council Secretary
  • "Considering that the US administration has ignored and delayed compliance with its undertakings under the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), and given the recent extension of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) that had already been declared as a violation of the nuclear deal by the Islamic Republic of Iran..., the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) is ordered to develop the country's peaceful nuclear program within the framework of the Islamic Republic of Iran's international undertakings as defined in the following missions." First, the AEOI is required "to plan for designing and building propulsion systems to be used in marine transportation in cooperation with scientific and research centers."

    December 13, 2016, in a letter to AEOI head Ali Akbar Salehi ordering Iran to begin building nuclear powered vessels in retaliation for alleged U.S. violations of the JCPOA. Rouhani’s declaration that the Iran Sanction Act (ISA) extension violates the JCPOA is cynical and without merit. In actuality, the extension of ISA in no way violated the letter or spirit of the JCPOA, as it did not impose any new nuclear-related sanctions against Iran. The ISA extension merely ensures that the nuclear-related sanctions architecture, which remains suspended under the JCPOA, is kept in place and can be “snapped-back” in the event of an Iranian violation of the nuclear agreement.
  • “We believe that Congress’s latest legislation contradicts the JCPOA and is a violation of it. The president of America is therefore obligated to use his powers to prevent the approval and especially the implementation of [the ISA]…If this legislation is implemented, it would be an egregious violation of the JCPOA, and it will be followed by a decisive response from us. We consider the president even signing this legislation to be counter to America’s commitments.”

    December 4, 2016, Speech to Parliament
  • “Iran’s understanding of the JCPOA is that the deal is not an agreement with just one country or administration. Rather it was strengthened as a UNSC resolution, and it cannot be changed with the decision of a single administration.”

    November 9, 2016, Rouhani reacts to Donald Trump’s Victory
  • “If America had implemented the JCPOA precisely and with good will, perhaps we could have trusted them and been agreeable to negotiating on other subjects with them.” 

    August 2, 2016, Interview
  • “We always keep our word. But if they want to breach their commitment, our nuclear capabilities are such that we can reach the level we want in a short period of time.”

    July 15, 2016, in a televised interview warning of Iran’s ability to quickly restart its illicit nuclear program
  • “We do not need to trust a country like America because of the JCPOA… If they break their promises during the JCPOA’s implementation, there are mechanisms within the JCPOA through which we can pursue the issue. If the Americans take actions in other areas, they will receive a reciprocal response.”

    January 17, 2016, during a speech to Parliament and press conference
  • “Negotiating parties know that sanctions and pressure on Iran is futile. The centrifuges will never stop and the [conditions] of the people will get better.”

    November 25, 2014 in a televised interview
  • “We halted the nuclear program? We were the ones to complete it! We completed the technology. … We were the first to initiate this. By ‘we,’ I mean the whole government, not Hassan Rouhani. By we, I mean the supreme leader. We were all hand in hand. That is why the supreme leader in his speech of November 11, 2003, said that in those negotiations, the conspiracy of Washington and Israel was shattered.”

    May 27, 2013, in an election campaign interview, refuting an allegation that Rouhani suspended Iran’s nuclear program during his tenure as lead nuclear negotiator.
  • "Our red line is our scientific development and research on nuclear fields and Iran will by no means negotiate its defense potential, including its missile program."

     August 31, 2014 remarks in a meeting with Finnish Foreign Minister
  • "In the context of R&D and peaceful nuclear technology, we will not accept any limitations... Not under any circumstances" would Iran destroy any of its existing centrifuges.

    January 22, 2014, interview with with CNN
  • "Do you know what the Geneva agreement means? It means the surrender of the big powers before the great Iranian nation. The Geneva agreement means the wall of sanctions has broken... It means an admission by the world of Iran's peaceful nuclear program."  Boasting about the regime's victory in the Geneva agreement, only two days after the P5+1 and Iran had come to terms on how to implement the accord.

    January 14, 2014 speech
  • "One hundred per cent [no]." in response to an interview question about dismantling nuclear facilities.

    November 29, 2013, interview
  • "No matter what interpretations are given, Iran's right to enrichment has been recognized." following agreement between Iran and the P5+1 on an interim nuclear deal

    November 24, 2013 declaration
  • "Our government will not give up one iota of its absolute rights" on the nuclear issue.

    September 10, 2013 speech
  • "All should know that the next government will not budge from defending our inalienable rights... We have passed that period. We are now in a different situation."  emphasizing that, unlike in 2004, his government has no plans to suspend uranium enrichment as required by multiple, binding UN Security Council Resolutions

    June 17, 2013 news conference as President-elect
  • "We completed the [uranium enrichment] program." boasting about how, during his tenure as chief nuclear negotiator in 2004, Iran did not suspend uranium enrichment; on the contrary, this was the period when the program was completed

    June 2013 comments during election campaign
  • “Any resolution which seeks to bind us to suspension [of uranium enrichment] is unacceptable and we will not accept such an obligation.”

    September 19, 2004 statement to the Iranian newspaper Kayhan, as Supreme National Security Council Secretary
  • “We will go ahead with confidence-building and will endeavor to build up our [nuclear] technical capability to restore our national rights in the context of the international conventions. This is our diplomacy: to proceed [in] both directions simultaneously.”

    September 19, 2004 statement, aforementioned
  • "We only agreed to suspend activities in those areas where we did not have technical problems. This is what they are saying now in their negotiations. We completed the Isfahan project, which is the UCF where yellowcake is converted into UF4 and UF6 during suspension. While we were talking with the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in parts of the facility in Isfahan, but we still had a long way to go to complete the project. In fact, by creating a calm environment, we were able to complete the work in Isfahan. Today, we can convert yellowcake into UF4 and UF6, and this is a very important matter. In fact, UF6 is what the centrifuges feed on; it is the feed material for centrifuges. Therefore, it was important for us to conclude that process." touting Iran's nuclear progress during Iran's temporary suspension of enrichment activities

    September 19, 2004 statement, aforementioned
  • "I think we should not be in a great rush to deal with this issue. We should be patient and find the most suitable time to do away with the suspension. If we decide to start enrichment in the face of opposition by the West, we must find the best time and the most favorable conditions, and if we decide to work with the West, we must utilize all our capabilities and everything that is in our power to achieve our objectives. We should not rush into this. We must move very carefully, in a very calculated manner."  discussing Iran's strategy for advancing its nuclear program against the opposition of the international community

    2004 speech, aforementioned
  • "One of the members indicated here that all this should have been done in secret. This was the intention; this never was supposed to be in the open. But in any case, the spies exposed it. We did not want to declare all this."

    2004 speech, aforementioned
  • "If one day we are able to complete the fuel cycle and the world sees that it has no choice, that we do possess the technology, then the situation will be different. The world did not want Pakistan to have an atomic bomb or Brazil to have the fuel cycle, but Pakistan built its bomb and Brazil has its fuel cycle, and the world started to work with them. Our problem is that we have not achieved either one, but we are standing at the threshold."

     2004 speech entitled "Beyond the Challenges Facing Iran and the IAEA Concerning the Nuclear Dossier,"

Iran will ask no soul’s permission to build missiles.

Ballistic Missiles

  • "The remarks by the enemies of the Iranian nation against Iran's missile power are out of ignorance. … We need missiles and the enemy should know that we make everything we need and we don’t pay an iota of attention to your words." 

    May 24, 2017, addressing a Cabinet meeting
  • "The Iranian nation has decided to be powerful. Our missiles are for peace and for defense...American officials should know that whenever we need to technically test a missile, we will do so and will not wait for their permission." 

    May 22, 2017, during a press conference. President Rouhani is expressing his support for Iran’s continued defiance of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, the resolution which implemented the JCPOA.  The resolution “calls upon” Iran not to test any ballistic missiles “designed to be nuclear capable.”
  • “Iran will ask no soul’s permission to build missiles.”

    April 15, 2017, at a ceremony to unveil new domestically-produced weaponry
  • “In response to new US #sanctions planned against Iran's ballistic missile program, have ordered the Defense Minister to expedite the program … We have never negotiated regarding our defense capabilities including our missile program & will not accept any restrictions in this regard …If US continues its illegitimate interference w/ Iran's right to defend itself a new program will be devised to enhance missile capabilities."

    December 31, 2015, in a series of tweets responding to announcement of U.S. sanctions targeting Iran’s illicit ballistic missile program

We will spare no effort to defend the Islamic Revolution.

Defense of the Islamic Revolution - Khomeinism

Saying 'Death to America' is easy. We need to express 'Death to America' with action.

The United States

At dusk yesterday we received a decisive revolutionary order to crush mercilessly and monumentally any move of these opportunist elements wherever it may occur.

Human rights

Syria has constantly been on the front line of fighting Zionism and this resistance must not be weakened.

Syria Conflict

If your definition of terrorist groups are Hezbollah and Hamas, they are not terrorists. They are the kinds of groups who are fighting for the freedom of land.

Support for Iran-backed Terrorism and Regional Meddling

[Israel is] the great Zionist Satan.

Israel and Zionism

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