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Rouhani: Deal 'Shook the Foundations' of the Sanctions

Iran's President claims victory in nuclear deal in a series of tweets marking the 100th day of his presidency.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/27/2013, 2:16 AM

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani
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The Twitter account of Iran's President Hassan Rouhani worked overtime on Tuesday, as he claimed victory in this weekend's nuclear deal in a series of tweets marking the 100th day of his presidency.

Rouhani called the Geneva deal a “very positive first step” and said it “shook the foundations” of the international sanctions regime, reported The Hill.

He vowed that a final deal will allow Iran to continue nuclear enrichment, writing, “In relation to nuclear issue, I want to assure our people" that Iran won't give up any of its rights - including the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.

“Enrichment, which is part of our rights, will continue. It continues today and will continue tomorrow,” he declared, according to The Hill.

Rouhani went on to say that the interim deal agreed to over the weekend sets the stage for a final agreement granting Iran the right to enrich uranium on its soil.

The tweets, published on Rouhani's English-language twitter account, nevertheless appear aimed at assuaging domestic concerns that Iran hasn't caved to Western pressure.

The Iranian president also took credit for recent improvements in the nation's economy, including falling inflation.

On Sunday, a Twitter account allegedly associated with Rouhani said the deal with the West was “a positive agreement, made possible through the tireless efforts of the negotiating teams - this opens new horizons for us.”

Rouhani also claimed in the tweet that the deal shows that the Iranian people "has voted for modernity."

Rouhani, or someone with close ties to him, has used Twitter in the past to get messages out to the world. In September, a different account named after the Iranian president tweeted a greeting to Jews in honor of Rosh Hashanah.

Most recently the Iranian president tweeted a series of messages in which he described what other world leaders had done at the age of 20.

Rouhani appeared to be mocking U.S. President Barack Obama, when he wrote: “Obama was continuing his education at university at 20. He is said to have been on alcohol and Marijuana then!”

The final tweet referred to Rouhani himself, and read, “Dr. Rouhani used to speak against the Shah in support of Imam Khomeini.”