Rouhani pledges transparency on nuclear issue

  • Iran’s President-elect Hassan Rouhani has pledged to be more transparent about the country's nuclear program.

    Speaking in his first press conference on Monday, Rouhani addressed the "unfair" sanctions imposed on his country, adding that Tehran would not suspend its uranium enrichment activities.

    "Our nuclear programs are completely transparent," Rouhani told journalists and supporters in the capital Tehran.

    "But we are ready to show greater transparency and make clear for the whole world that the steps of the Islamic Republic of Iran are completely within international frameworks," he added.

    The West believes Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons, an allegation that Iran has repeatedly denied.

    Rouhani won Friday’s elections with just over 50 percent of the vote, avoiding a run-off election.

    As Iran's president, he has limited powers. Key decisions are made by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    Rouhani is scheduled to take office in August.

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