Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Leader ( - )

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A constructive approach to diplomacy doesn't mean relinquishing one's rights. It means engaging with one's counterparts, on the basis of equal footing and mutual respect, to address shared concerns and achieve shared objectives.~Hassan Rouhani

Respect Achieve Equal

I've said before that I am not a historian and that when it comes to speaking of the dimensions of the Holocaust, it is the historians that should reflect on it.~Hassan Rouhani

I Am Holocaust Reflect

I'll tell you that when an innocent person is killed, we never go about asking or inquiring whether they were Jewish or Christian or Muslim. That's not our way or creed.~Hassan Rouhani

Christian You Go

I ran on the platform of moderation and won the election by a large margin. By virtue of the strong mandate that I received from the electorate, I am committed to operating in the framework of moderation, which calls inter alia for a balance between realism and the pursuit of the ideals of the Islamic Republic of Iran.~Hassan Rouhani

Strong Balance I Am

Citizenship rights is about making all Iranians feel they are part of one nation, one identity, under one umbrella they can feel proud of.~Hassan Rouhani

Identity Proud Citizenship

I'm committed to fulfilling my promises to my people, including my pledge to engage in constructive interaction with the world.~Hassan Rouhani

World People Promises

I think that the president of Iran has the authority wherever which - where - wherever the national interests of the country are involved and, when it is necessary and expedient and required to speak and talk with others in order to promote the rights of its nation, that the president can take that initiative.~Hassan Rouhani

Speak Think Nation

Iran rejects weapons of mass destruction based on its belief system, its religious belief system, as well as well as its ethical standpoint.~Hassan Rouhani

Belief Ethical Weapons

We are not seeking... and looking for war with any nations. We are seeking peace and stability among all the nations in the region.~Hassan Rouhani

War Peace Looking

We want the people, in their private lives, to be completely free, and in today's world, having access to information and the right of free dialogue and the right to think freely is the right of all peoples, including the people of Iran.~Hassan Rouhani

Today World People

Problems of 35 years cannot be resolved in a short period of time.~Hassan Rouhani

Time Short Problems

On the nuclear issue, the first point is that the entire world must recognize that Iran does not seek a nuclear weapon, nor shall it seek a nuclear weapon.~Hassan Rouhani

World Seek Point

The viewpoint of the government is that the people must have full access to all information worldwide.~Hassan Rouhani

People Government Must

Global challenges require collective responses.~Hassan Rouhani

Challenges Collective

International politics is no longer a zero-sum game but a multi-dimensional arena where cooperation and competition often occur simultaneously. Gone is the age of blood feuds. World leaders are expected to lead in turning threats into opportunities.~Hassan Rouhani

Age Politics Competition

In a world where global politics is no longer a zero-sum game, it is - or should be - counterintuitive to pursue one's interests without considering the interests of others.~Hassan Rouhani

Politics World Game

We believe that unilateral sanctions violate international law, in fact. They violate free trade. They violate human growth and development, human development, and that when you actually sanction a bank of a country, the meaning of it is quite clear. You're sanctioning medicine for the people.~Hassan Rouhani

Growth Law People

When it comes to nuclear technology, the Iranian people are very sensitive. It is a part of our national pride, and nuclear technology has become indigenous.~Hassan Rouhani

Technology People Pride

We are determined to provide for the nuclear fuel of such plants inside the country, at the hands of local Iranian scientists. We are going to follow on this path.~Hassan Rouhani

Path Hands Plants

The Iranian people, with regards to the policies of various American administrations in the past 30 years, are very worried. They don't trust them.~Hassan Rouhani

Trust Past People

At face value, the U.S. Congress, there is a - they have a long way to go before they fully appreciate and understand Iranian people.~Hassan Rouhani

People Value Appreciate

I'm not a historian. I'm a politician. What is important for us is that the countries of the region and the people grow closer to each other, and that they are able to prevent aggression and injustice.~Hassan Rouhani

People Important Injustice

The people, when they say 'Death to America!' - do you know what they are really saying? What they mean to say relates to the aggressive policies of the U.S. and intervention and meddling by the U.S.~Hassan Rouhani

Death People America

All countries in my part of the world, we want democracy to prevail. I told the people, 'If you want American policies to stop, we need to take action.' We need to make the U.S. understand that its meddling is inappropriate.~Hassan Rouhani

World People Democracy

No country by itself and in an isolated manner would ever be able to effectively address the challenges it faces.~Hassan Rouhani

Challenges Country Ever

As leaders, we need to rise above petty politics and lead, rather than follow, the various interests and pressure groups in our respective countries.~Hassan Rouhani

Politics Rise Pressure