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Iran's president says post-Trump de-escalation with US can be 'easy'

President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran could ease tensions with the new US administration, only one day after Iran’s supreme leader expressed disappointment at negotiations.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the inaugural session of the new parliament following February elections, in Tehran on May 27, 2020. - The 11th legislature since the Islamic revolution of 1979 opened as the country's economy, which has been hard hit by the novel coronavirus, gradually returns to normal. Rouhani, who is in the final year of his second and final term, called on MPs, collectively and individually, to place the "national interest above special interests", "party intere

“Thank God, the American people and the people of our region got rid of his evil [rule],” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in an expression of relief on the departure of his American counterpart, Donald Trump, from the White House in January. In his scathing diatribe broadcast on state television Nov. 25, Rouhani blamed Trump’s defeat in part on his “wrong policies” and “racist conduct."

“The very worst of crimes in America’s history were committed by this man against independent nations, especially Iranians,” Rouhani added, accusing Trump of “terrorist” and “savage” acts against Iran during the coronavirus pandemic.   

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