0849 GMT February 25, 2018
Speaking at a press conference, he said Iran has found its status in the world and hope that the country will continue the path.
The president added that his government has succeeded in restoring peace and tranquility to the society, while the previous government had faced problems at home and in its foreign policy.
Touching on the nuclear case, Rouhani said it was a complicated case, but the Iranian nation through deliberation achieved a good result in solving the problem.
We did not take a hasty decision, but used our collective wisdom. Our victory was because of collective wisdom and people’s support. The nuclear case is not factional, it is a national case, he said.
We are taking the final steps to finalize it. Its impacts are seen in the international atmosphere today, but its effects will be felt when the sanctions are lifted.
“What we have gained in this process is the trust of the people,” he said adding, “We have tried during the past two years to restore peace and stability as a prelude to growth and prosperity and we have prepared the ground in domestic and foreign policies.”
On the upcoming elections in March 2016, he said, “We will be having good elections with people’s stronger participation, more competition and healthier polls compared to the past.”
Regarding the roles of the Executive and Guardian Council, he said, “I am in charge of execution of the Constitution whether some people like it or not. It is our duty. Hope that all institutions will abide by the law which will be good for the entire nation.”
On measures to fight economic corruption, he said, “Our economy is a rentier one, suffering from monopoly and strong presence of some organizations that are not fit for economic activities.”
The Article 44 of the Constitution was not implemented properly, he said, adding “The first step to fight corruption is proper privatization toward which we have been successful.”
“Transparency is our goal. Economic activities should be transparent. E-government is one solution to eradicate corruption. People must have access to information and everybody must be equal before the law,” the president said as other necessary measures.
Without abiding by the law, injustice will prevail, he said, free press is a good vehicle for realization of justice. Some media should not be immune despite spreading lies. But smallest mistake by others will create problems for them. It should not be so.
Criticizing the previous administration, he said despite having $700 billion of oil income, we did not have effective employment. As a result, we became mere importer of the finished products of other countries.
In post-sanctions era, we will invite foreign investments and technologies and through participation with the Iranians foreign investors can have some chunks of the Iranian and international markets. The presence of foreign companies means investment, technology and participation.
Educated human resources are one of the attractions for foreign investors, he said. In the past, they said Iran has energy, but today they say Iran has educated human resources on the side of its geographic position.
The young generation has realized that we have been able to solve the nuclear problem, and they have also realized that they will have good opportunities in Iran because foreign investors are interested in the Iranian market.
Today, we have reverse migration. The young Iranian people outside Iran are joining the knowledge-based organizations in the country. The young people are hopeful and after the finalization of the nuclear deal, and they will return more than in the past.
Regarding the role of Parliament in finalization of the nuclear deal, he said, legally the Executive is not bound to send the deal to the Parliament for its approval.
Regarding Iran-China relations and possible changes in Iranian foreign policy after the deal, he said, “We have fortunately good relations with China. I have had several meetings with president of China. The trend of bilateral ties is progressive. We have many projects that China can participate in.
“According to JCPOA, the Arak heavy reactor will be reconstructed by China and probably the United States. We have seven working groups on Iran-China future cooperation. We want to improve our relations with China, Russia, India and other Asian countries.”
Regarding Iran’s defense capabilities in the post-deal era, he said, the JCPOA will not undermine Iran’s defense capabilities. We should look for deterrence in different fields and create a situation that no more sanctions can be imposed on Iran.
“During the past two years, our progress in defense sector has been more than previous years.
“The JCPOA does not touch Iran’s defense. We have not accepted any limitation.”
On the impact of the nuclear deal on the neighboring countries, he said, it will create more confidence among Iran’s neighbors. If one neighbor used to think that Tehran planned to develop nuclear weapons, today, the deal assures them that the country is not after such weapons. They knew it already.
We want good relations with our neighbors, including Saudi Arabia. We tried to improve ties with them, but unfortunately the developments in Yemen undermined the opportunity. One cannot achieve goals by interfering in other countries affairs.
We have the will for better relations with others, hope that the Saudi leaders too will prepare the grounds for better relations.
On the role of political parties, Rouhani said, people’s vote is the foundation of legitimacy in our country. Political parties and NGOs play an important role in this regard.