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Iran: Rouhani suggests referendum over nuclear issue as tensions rise with US03:03

Iran: Rouhani suggests referendum over nuclear issue as tensions rise with US

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
May 26, 2019 at 13:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggested a referendum over what the country should do regarding its nuclear programme, during a meeting in Tehran on Sunday. The comment comes in the context of rising tensions with the United States.

"In 2004, I asked the Supreme Leader to put the nuclear issue to a referendum," he said, explaining that the idea had not materialised. He added, "Article 59 can be helpful at any stage," referring to the article of the Iranian constitution dealing with the power to call for a referendum.

Rouhani also called for unity in the context of rising tensions with the US, saying, "my goal in this confrontation with the US is that we end up facing lower costs," adding, "we will win, but it requires certain conditions and tools, the most fundamental of which are unity; following the same train of thought and trusting each other."

Tensions rose higher when Tehran announced it would partially withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on May 8, one year after the United States withdrew and re-imposed sanctions on Iran.

US President Donald Trump tweeted on May 19 that Iran would meet its "official end" if it were to threaten the United States.

Iran: Rouhani suggests referendum over nuclear issue as tensions rise with US03:03
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggested a referendum over what the country should do regarding its nuclear programme, during a meeting in Tehran on Sunday. The comment comes in the context of rising tensions with the United States.

"In 2004, I asked the Supreme Leader to put the nuclear issue to a referendum," he said, explaining that the idea had not materialised. He added, "Article 59 can be helpful at any stage," referring to the article of the Iranian constitution dealing with the power to call for a referendum.

Rouhani also called for unity in the context of rising tensions with the US, saying, "my goal in this confrontation with the US is that we end up facing lower costs," adding, "we will win, but it requires certain conditions and tools, the most fundamental of which are unity; following the same train of thought and trusting each other."

Tensions rose higher when Tehran announced it would partially withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on May 8, one year after the United States withdrew and re-imposed sanctions on Iran.

US President Donald Trump tweeted on May 19 that Iran would meet its "official end" if it were to threaten the United States.

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