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If sanctions were still in place we would not have been able to sign such a deal.feedback
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NEW May 25 2017
The latest person who has talked about Iran is Donald J. Trump: “Palestinians are ready to reach for peace. Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace. We are telling you right now that Iran will not have nuclear weapons. So many young, beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life.”. You’ll find on this page all the other quotes of Donald J. Trump and all the other people that have spoken about Iran. You can select these people and their quotes by date, by name, and you can easily have access to the articles from which they originated.
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Hassan Rouhani

Iran and America have gone through lots of ups and downs in the past 39 or 40 years. They have used numerous measures against Iran, all leading to failure. Americans were only successful in their engagement with the Iranian nation during the nuclear talks.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We are waiting for the government to be well established so we can pass judgment.feedback

Richard Haass

I think we've got be careful about in some ways thinking too much of our Sunni partners and not taking Iran seriously enough. In particular, I would be very wary of getting involved in Yemen, which has all the fixings of a Middle Eastern Vietnam.feedback

Bahram Qasemi

Artificial alliances would not stop the expansion of cancerous terrorism in the world.feedback

Mohsen Rezaei

Terrorist explosion in Manchester is the result of Trump's sword dance with the chief of terrorists.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Who can say the region will experience total stability without Iran? Who fought against the terrorists? It was Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Syria. But who funded the terrorists?feedback

Hassan Rouhani

America's dream on ending Iran's missile programme will never come true.feedback

Frederic Wehrey - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

We are picking one side in this geopolitical struggle, and there is very little room for grey. Sectarianism is a by-product of this geopolitical rivalry, and we are inadvertently picking one side in this sectarian struggle.feedback

Donald J. Trump

On those issues, there is a strong consensus among the nations of the world – including many in the Muslim world. I was deeply encouraged by my conversations with Muslim world leaders in Saudi Arabia, including King Salman, who I spoke to at great length. King Salman feels very strongly and, I can tell you, would love to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians. There is a growing realisation among your Arab neighbours that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran, and it is indeed a threat, there's no question about that.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

The Americans do not know our region, that's what the catch is. Unfortunately, Americans have always made mistakes in our region. When they attacked Afghanistan (and) Iraq, when they made sanctions against Iran. In Syria, they made mistakes, and also in Yemen. Who can claim that stability of the region can be restored without Iran? I hope that the day will come that Saudi Arabia will adopt this path. They should have polling stations in place for the people and let the rulers not be on a hereditary basis. They should be picked by the people.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I wanted you to know how much we appreciate the American change in policy on Iran. We can hold back Iran's march in this region and thwart Iran's unbridled ambition. You noted so succinctly that common dangers are turning former enemies into partners, and that is where we see something new and potentially very promising. It will not be simple, but for the first time in many years, and the first time in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change. Welcome to our palace. Israel's hand is extended in peace to all of our neighbors, including the Palestinians.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We can truly achieve a more peaceful future for this region and for people of all faiths and all beliefs and frankly all over the world...There's a lot of love out there.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We expect Iran to behave responsibly ... not to support terror.feedback

Jean-Marc Rickli

I would not be surprised to see an increase in hostilities in Syria and Yemen. Also, the IRGC might want to foster pro-Shi'a groups in Bahrain and some parts of Kuwait to regain power after the elections.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Buying arms or building weapons won't make a country powerful. The foundation of power is national strength and this only happens through elections. Trump saw millions of Iranians took part in an election, but he visited a country whose people have not seen a ballot box and don't know what an election is.feedback

Jean-Marc Rickli

We are back in the pre-Obama era, on steroids. Under Obama you had this attempt of the USA playing the external balancer in the region. Now the regional balancer has gone. The balancer has chosen his camp. All the indicators point to a further arms race in the region and on the rhetorical level we are on a path of escalation. You just need a small trigger that can escalate the situation on the ground.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think that a lot of that progress has been made because of the aggression of Iran, and it's forcing people together in a positive way. No matter where we are, we see the signs, whether its assault teams, whether it's money and guns, it's Iran. Believe me, Iran will never have a nuclear weapon. Just so you know, I never mentioned the word or the name Israel during that conversation [with the Russian officials. So you [the press] got another story wrong.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Americans resorted to many different methods against Iran but failed in all ... We are waiting for the new U.S. administration to find stability and continuity in its policies. The problem is that the Americans do not know our region and those who advise U.S. officials are misleading them. Who fought against the terrorists? It was Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Russia. But who funded the terrorists? Those who fund terrorists cannot claim they are fighting against them.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace, but we can only get there working together. There is no other way. What's happened with Iran has brought many of the other parts of the Middle East toward Israel, and you could say that if there's a benefit, that would be the benefit. I've seen such a different feeling toward Israel from countries that, as you know, were not feeling so well about Israel not so long ago. It's brought a lot of folks together.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Today we reaffirm the unbreakable bond of friendship between Israel and the United States. We want Israel to have peace. There are many, many things that can happen now that would never have been able to happen before.feedback

Bahram Qassemi

Once again, by his repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president... tried to encourage the countries of the [Middle East] region to purchase more arms by spreading Iranophobia.feedback

Donald J. Trump

There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran. There's a great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East. It's brought a lot of folks together. We have a rare opportunity to bring stability and peace in this region, defeat terror and create a future of peace. We can only get there by working together – there is no other way. But we need two willing parties. We believe Israel is willing. We believe you're willing. And if you both are willing, we're going to make a deal.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Most importantly, the United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon – never, ever – and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias, and it must cease immediately. Many expressed their resolve to help end terrorism and the spread of radicalisation. Many Muslim nations have already taken steps to begin following through on this commitment. There is a growing realisation among your Arab neighbours that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I never mentioned the word or the name Israel in that conversation. What? There is no other way.feedback

Donald J. Trump

From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror. Iran's most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria. Will we be indifferent in the presence of evil? Will we protect our citizens from its violent ideology? Will we let its venom spread through our societies? Will we let it destroy the most holy sites on earth?feedback

Donald J. Trump

The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror. The nations of Africa and South America, India, Russia, China, Australia have all been victims. Every nation has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no quarter on their soil. This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between good and evil. Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate it.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

I say to all nations and governments: We will not forget the past, but we do not wish to live in the past. We will not forget war and sanctions, but we look to peace and development.feedback

Donald J. Trump

This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations. This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people, all in the name of religion – people that want to protect life and want to protect their religion. This is a battle between good and evil. Drive them out! Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land. And drive them out of this Earth.feedback

Donald J. Trump

You will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center because they have papers out there that are very secret. You may find it's the Saudis, okay, but you will find out.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran, which has just held free and fair elections, is attacked by the US president in this bastion of democracy and moderation.feedback

Donald J. Trump

No discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists safe harbour, financial backing and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in that region. I am speaking of course of Iran. It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder. Drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this earth. Terrorists do not worship God. They worship death.feedback

Mustafa Akyol

This whole meeting looked like a 'Sunni international,' in which the main non-Sunni power in the Muslim world, Iran, was bashed by both the American President and his Sunni hosts. This is not going to help anything other than adding to the sectarian divide. It is not fair, either. Iran has lots of sins to account for – including its cynical support for the bloody regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. But most radical Islamist terrorists in the region are Sunni, not Shiite. In fact, in terms of their theology and jurisprudence, they are much closer to Saudi Arabia than Iran.feedback

Donald J. Trump

There are many things that can happen now that could never have happened before. We must seize them together. We must take advantage of the situation. This is a land filled with beauty, wonder and the spirit of God. I've been amazed by the … generosity of your incredible people, because it's all about the people. I was deeply moved by my visit today to the Western Wall, words fail to capture the experience. It will leave an impression on me forever.feedback

Oren Kessler

The fact that he still doesn't understand what the fuss is about is deeply disconcerting and raises serious questions about his judgment.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We will make sure to help our Saudi friends to get a good deal from our great American defence companies, the greatest anywhere in the world.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Who can say regional stability can be restored without Iran? Who can say the region will experience total stability without Iran? We are waiting for the new US administration to find stability and continuity in its policies. The problem is that the Americans do not know our region and those who advise US officials are misleading them. The Iranian nation has decided to be powerful. Our missiles are for peace and for defence. American officials should know that whenever we need to technically test a missile, we will do so and will not wait for their permission.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Who can say regional stability can be restored without Iran? The Americans do not know our region, that's what the catch is. Those who provide consultations or advice to the Americans, unfortunately, they are the rulers who either push America awry or with money, they just buy some people in America. You can't solve terrorism just by giving your people's money to a superpower. The Iranian people voted for moderation as they know a prosperous economy and jobs can only happen through investment, and investment through freedom and interaction with the world.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

I do not think the American people are ready to trade the lives they lost in Sept. 11 with billions of dollars gained through weapons sales.feedback

Azadeh Kian

Battle lines are being drawn and it's worrying, especially when it comes just a day after the election victory of Rouhani, which showed a real dynamic in favour of democratisation and opening in Iranian society.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

I'm not going to comment on my expectation. But we hope that if Rouhani wanted to change Iran's relationship with the rest of the world those are the things that he could do.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Drive them out! Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this earth. From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms and trains terrorists, militias and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate it.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We are not here to lecture – we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all. The people of Iran have endured hardship and despair due to their leaders reckless pursuit of conflict and terror. Pray for the day that the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they so richly deserve.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran - fresh from real elections - attacked by @POTUS [President Trump] in that bastion of democracy & moderation. Foreign Policy or simply milking KSA of $480B?feedback

Donald J. Trump

It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in that region. I am speaking of course of Iran. From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds arms and trains terrorists, militias and extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fuelled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror. It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, avowing the destruction of Israel, death to America and ruin for many leaders and nations in this very room. Drive them out of this earth.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

I think the way you address those human rights issues and women's rights issues is to improve conditions in the region. And today those conditions in the region are under a lot of stress because of the threat of terror. The threat that Iran poses to the instability in the region. And these subjects are being discussed as well. There are efforts underway to, I think, improve the rights of women – the participation of women in society and throughout the region. But you know the primary reason we are here today is to confront this threat of terrorism.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

What I would hope is that Rouhani now has a new term and that he uses that term to begin a process of dismantling Iran's network of terrorism, dismantling its financing of the terrorist network, dismantling of the manning and the logistics and everything that they provide to these destabilizing forces that exist in this region. We also hope that he puts an end to [Iran's] ballistic missile testing. We also hope that he restores the rights of Iranians to freedom of speech, to freedom of organization, so that Iranians can live the life that they deserve.feedback

Frederic Wehrey - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

It is feeding into the Gulf narrative, where they project a lot of their insecurities about domestic politics outward and onto the Islamic Republic of Iran. But is Iran the source of all evil in the region? No.feedback

Ghassan Charbel

The most important thing is that the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States is built on vision and numbers, not on slogans. They are building on shared interests.feedback

Fazel Meybodi

He faces a difficult task. Now he must provide more freedoms, break the hard-line monopoly on the state-run radio and television, and increase freedom of press. If he fails to deliver on at least 70 percent of those promises, his future is dark.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption. We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention.feedback

Barack Obama

Even as Iran is calling us 'The Great Satan,' we were able to get a deal done where they got rid of their nuclear stockpiles, and that makes us safer. That's not a sign of weakness, that's a sign of strength.feedback

Barack Obama

We welcome an Iran that plays a responsible role in the region - one that takes concrete, practical steps to build trust and resolve its differences with its neighbours by peaceful means and abides by international rules and norms.feedback

Barack Obama

An approach that said to our friends 'You are right, Iran is the source of all problems, and we will support you in dealing with Iran' would essentially mean that as these sectarian conflicts continue to rage and our Gulf partners, our traditional friends, do not have the ability to put out the flames on their own or decisively win on their own, and would mean that we have to start coming in and using our military power to settle scores. And that would be in the interest neither of the United States nor of the Middle East.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

And today, conditions in the region are under a lot of stress because of the threat of terrorism (and) the threat that Iran poses. ... But the primary reason we're here today is to confront this threat of terrorism. If we do not defeat Daesh, if we do not defeat these forces of evil, there will be no conditions under which we could even hope to improve the human rights for all the people of the region.feedback

Masoud Jazayeri

Iran's defense policies and aims follow a set trend that cannot be affected by any element.feedback

Javad Montazeri

Rouhani's outstanding number of votes are a show of firm support for him and his future government, to follow the route that's been started.feedback

Karim Sadjadpour - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

It makes it much more difficult to isolate Iran internationally when you have a foreign minister like Zarif. The last thing the Chinese are interested in doing is enacting new sanctions against Iran.feedback

Charles Lister

Iran doesn't want a single American in Syria and they've got an extensive track record of fighting Americans next door in Iraq. Just as Assad and Iran look to be winning the ground war in Syria, the U.S. and its Syrian opposition partners in the south have intensified their own anti-ISIS activities, exerting more and more of an influence and presence in the south.feedback

Ahmad Majidyar

It is too soon to say whether [Thursday]'s strikes mark a significant shift in ... U.S. policy in Syria–although it is the first time the U.S. military is providing air support to rebel groups attacked by pro-Assad forces–or the strikes were a one-time action for force protection purposes. But one thing is clear: As the common enemy–the Islamic State–is losing ground in Iraq and Syria, the prospect of dangerous and direct confrontation between the Iran-backed militia forces and the U.S.-led coalition forces in Syria and Iraq is on the rise.feedback

Abbas Milani

Rouhani upped the ante in the past ten days in the rhetoric that he used. Clearly it's going to be difficult to back down on some of this stuff.feedback

Karim Sadjadpour - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The last two decades of presidential elections have been short days of euphoria followed by long years of disillusionment. Democracy in Iran is allowed to bloom only a few days every four years, while autocracy is evergreen.feedback

Cliff Kupchan - Eurasia Group

Though he'll remain a centrist, Rouhani will be more aggressive in pursuing reforms. Rouhani will continue to face an uphill climb on political reform; the hard liners will dig in around education and other issues. But working with a centrist parliament, he will begin to ease the political darkness that followed the 2009 election. Great nation of Iran, you are the winner of the election. I humbly bow down before you. I will remain loyal to my promises to you.feedback

Michael J. Abramowitz

We are very glad that Secretary Tillerson called out Iran for its egregious failures to respect free speech and free association. We should be holding all countries in the region to account for such violations, including his hosts. Both Saudi Arabia and Iran are among the world's most oppressive regimes when it comes to fundamental freedoms.feedback

Ahmad Majidyar

Washington and Tehran are de facto allies in the fight against Islamic State. But now ISIS is on the verge of defeat, we see signs of tensions between Iranian backed- militia forces and the U.S. forces.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Our people have declared to neighbouring countries and the whole region that the path to ensuring security is the reinforcement of democracy and not relying on foreign powers. We've entered this election to tell those practising violence and extremism that your era is over.feedback

Ziba Ghomeyshi

I voted for Rouhani to prevent Raisi's victory. I don't want a hard-liner to be my president. I waited in the line for five hours to cast my vote.feedback

Eshaq Jahangiri

I congratulate the great victory of the Iranian nation in creating a huge and memorable epic in the continuation of the path of 'wisdom and hope.feedback

Issa Farhadi

So far we have counted 50% of votes cast in Tehran and more than 60% of Tehrani citizens have participated in this election.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

I believe the presidential election is vital and I call on the Iranian people to pay heed to the importance of the event.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Any candidate who is elected should be helped to accomplish this heavy responsibility. Anyone who is elected must be helped from tomorrow with unity, happiness and joy.feedback

Hossein Dehghan

People's concern is clear. They want peace, security, growth and development.The nation doesn't want the young to be unemployed and it wants the ominous shadow of poverty gone from all parts of society.feedback

Masoumeh Ebtekar

Today people are voting to say that Iran is still standing. Iranians are still here. They are still here to support the development and improvement of their country. Voting is a sign of national integrity, unity and national power. By participating in the election, all groups of society with different religions and ethnicities are coming together.feedback

Ebrahim Raisi

I will respect the outcome of the vote of the people and the result will be respected by me and all the people.feedback

Jon Finer

The big substantive area I think (is) going to be counterterrorism. These countries are excited about some of the new approaches that Trump is adopting, particularly his aggressive stance on counterterrorism and Iran.feedback

Ebrahim Raisi

If the results are not what is desired by a candidate, for example, if I, for any reason, look upon the results as undesirable, this should not lead to disruption of the nature and mechanics of the elections.feedback

Richard Mallinson - Energy Aspects

We already have a Trump administration taking a notably different tone than the Obama administration. It hasn't yet torn up the Iran deal…but still we've got the sanctions under that deal being put under review by the State Department, we've got new sanctions being imposed for missile tests, we've got much tougher language coming out of the U.S.feedback

Richard Mallinson - Energy Aspects

I don't think it does on its own. I think we're heading in that direction with the OPEC deal and rebalancing more widely but in terms of Iran the question is now really can its exports grow from current levels, can they stay at current levels or do they actually fall back? If the deal collapses they fall back - not all the way down to the 2012/2015 levels but they would have to come off a bit as some European buyers would get more nervous.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

If you then have a tougher voice in Tehran, I think that's going to increase the pace at which tensions escalate.feedback

Layla Daryafarghi

We all want to show that we want to have freedom. We want to say to all the world, we love our country and we want it to be free. For me it's for Mr. Khatami and for Mr. Mousavi, but I think that all of [us] think [Rouhani] is going to do something different. Four years was not enough for the things he said he wanted to do. He wants more time to show us he can do anything.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

Everyone should vote in this important election ... vote at early hours. The country's fate is determined by the people.feedback

Jason Rezaian

On Friday, Iran will elect its next president. More than 1,600 people registered as candidates, but only six were approved by the 12-member Guardian Council, the appointed religious authorities. The front-runners are Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s hard-line former attorney general who now runs the country’s holiest site, and Hassan Rouhani, the popular moderate incumbent. Just like [].feedback

Ebrahim Raisi

Why have you increased the gap between the poor and rich so much with your misguided policies? If I, for instance, find the result undesirable, it should not lead to disruption of the election.feedback

Suzanne Maloney - Brookings Institution

If we see a Raisi victory it augurs very seriously for his eventual elevation as Iran's supreme leader, a position which he could hold for decades. I think he seems to be prepared to leave no stone unturned in terms of warning of the possible consequences of an election that is engineered against him, but also trying to rally those who might be sceptical about the utility of their vote to come out and cast a ballot.feedback

Zohreh Amini

I am happy I could vote for Rouhani. He kept the shadow of war far from our country.feedback

Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani

The next president should not be someone who makes the enemies happy when he is elected.feedback

Yousef Ghaemi

I am on my way to vote for Rouhani. I like his detente policy with the world. I know he is not a reformist, but who cares? What matters is that he is not Raisi.feedback

Nader Karimi Joni

I called to friends across the country, in provincial cities, everywhere I'm hearing the same thing: There are many more Rouhani supporters everywhere. The trend is toward change.feedback

Mohammad Badijan

I want more freedom, a relaxation of the strict rules. I just want to live a normal life.feedback

Fariba Maleki

I didn't vote four years ago, as I am not attracted to politics here, but I want to be sure that Mr. Raisi will not win. In the end, voting is better as we have some influence in deciding the destiny of our country.feedback

Alireza Nikpour

We are still not pleased with the situation, but in the four years of Rouhani there has been a relative improvement and I'm voting to keep that.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

The destiny of the country is in the hands of the people. People should go to the polling stations as early as possible.feedback

Hamid Farahvashian

This is a polarized election - a race between powerful unelected centers of power and the rest of the country.feedback

Mohammed bin Salman

We won't wait for the battle to be in Saudi Arabia. Instead we will work so that the battle is for them in Iran, not in Saudi Arabia.feedback

Majid Golpour

In effect by focusing on the nuclear issue, Rouhani has pulled back from several other issues, including human rights in Iran. And it must be said that it's not clear why the [European] Commission is not pursuing the issue of human rights. As soon as the negotiations between the US and Iran resumed, the Obama administration, which was aware of who has the power in Iran, conducted direct relations with the Supreme Leader of Iran. If we look at China and Russia, if they have things to do on a regional level, they directly contact the administration of the Supreme Leader.feedback

Cliff Kupchan - Eurasia Group

Given the uneven quality of Iranian polling, Raisi's economic message could be getting more traction than we believe.feedback

Alex Vatanka

That's in essence what average voter in Iran wants: someone to come in and shake up the system. Rouhani has not been convincing them.feedback

Helima Croft - BC Capital

The fate of the 2015 nuclear deal potentially hangs in the balance depending on the outcome of the election.feedback

Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar

These are real elections with real political actors and real campaigning.feedback

Hadi Ghaemi

A man who should be on trial for the most heinous crime in contemporary Iranian history, is instead seeking the presidency. Allowing him to run for president is yet another grievous wound for the families who unjustly lost their loved ones in 1988.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Institutions that wield both arms and a security apparatus should not narrow the field of operations for the private sector.feedback

Carlos Hardenberg

We are potentially hugely excited about the Iranian economy -- it could be the biggest in frontier markets, they have world class companies and world class people.feedback

Clemente Cappello

We are in it for the long run. What we hope is that the market will do well over time. Foreign flows are a big catalyst, but of course it is not known when that will actually come.feedback

Maciej Wojtal

It's very rare that you get an opportunity to invest before the U.S. and before markets are fully integrated.feedback

H.R. McMaster

President Trump understands that 'America First' does not mean America alone, To the contrary, prioritizing America's interests means strengthening alliances. He will encourage our Arab and Muslim partners to take bold, new steps to promote peace and to confront those, from ISIS to al Qaeda to Iran to the Assad regime, who perpetuate chaos and violence that has inflicted so much suffering throughout the Muslim world and beyond.feedback

Mehdi Khalaji

Candidates have seemingly concluded that Islamic ideology has lost its power as a driving factor among voters and is therefore not worth addressing.feedback

Reza Ghavidel

No matter who's the next president, whoever comes to power should bring a better economy.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

You want to limit people's freedom. Voters will confront you in the election. We have chosen our path, the path to freedom. We will not retreat.feedback

Cliff Kupchan - Eurasia Group

This election is about the economy. I don't think most voters are thinking about the soul of the nation right now. The numbers are looking better ... but the voters aren't feeling it.feedback

Ebrahim Raisi

I represent labourers, women without guardians, those who have a lot to say but have no microphone. Our problems cannot be resolved by Americans and Westerners. They have not resolved a single problem of any country. They have brought nothing but misery to other nations. The nuclear deal is like a cheque that Rouhani's government was not able to cash.feedback

Hossein Rassam

Raisi knows his way in the dark corridors of Iranian politics very well. But he is more used to grilling politicians in the comfortable shade of the judiciary than standing in the blazing sun of public eye.feedback

Foad Izadi

You can't be the country's supreme leader if you lose a presidential election.feedback

Mohammed-Taghi Ansari-Pur

I personally believe and support ideas that trust the capabilities of the people inside Iran. I believe that we can solve our problems inside Iran. I do not favour those who depend on outside countries.feedback

Hadi Seifollah

When he speaks I hear our leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei. Raisi believes first in the Islamic Republic, its ideology. He will deal with corruption. Other candidates only talk about the economy.feedback

Hossein Ghayyoumi

Mr. Raisi misuses religion and makes empty promises. Why has he not fought corruption within the judiciary, where he has been for the past 38 years?feedback

Saeed Laylaz

His economic and social policies are like those from former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: disastrous. What foreign company will invest in Iran if he becomes president?feedback

Ebrahim Raisi

The only attitude to solve problems is a revolutionary spirit. Right now I am in charge of a very small foundation. Just imagine what we could achieve if it was at the national level.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

You say you want to negotiate with the world, but you don't know how to speak the global language. You don't even know how to speak the language of your own people.feedback

John McCain

All I can do is judge the situation as it is. Every day, we are all surprised by some other twist and turn of this issue so I can only respond now and now I do not think that is a rational approach. We've seen this movie before. It's reaching Watergate size and scale. . . . This is not good for the country.feedback

John McCain

I think it's reaching the point where it's of Watergate size and scale. It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president. We're going to follow the facts wherever they may lead.feedback

Yisrael Katz

Intelligence cooperation between Israel and the United States regarding the threats posed by Iran and its proxies and ISIS (the Islamic State jihadist group) and its affiliates will continue and deepen.feedback

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi

The outcome of the elections matter because, whilst the supreme leader is in charge of all foreign and security affairs decisions, the presidency affects the posture of the country on specific dossiers.feedback

Sanam Vakil - Chatham House

It's an election about the economy and the economy is tied to the nuclear deal.feedback

Sanam Vakil - Chatham House

These are two men who have been born and bred and nurtured within this regime with its own particular ideology. But it does matter because the president can set the tone and the president is in charge of the economy.feedback

Stuart Jones

Whether it's imprisoning people arbitrarily, inflicting physical abuse and torture, or executing juvenile offenders, the Iranian regime has for decades committed egregious human rights violations against its own people and foreign nationals, and this pattern of behavior must come to an end. The U.S. and its partners will continue to apply pressure on Iran to protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms for everyone in Iran. This includes the U.S. citizens wrongfully detained or missing in Iran, and we call on Iran to immediately return them to their families.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We just have one request: for the Basij and the Revolutionary Guards to stay in their own place for their own work.feedback

Dennis Ross

Israeli cooperation with the US on intelligence is really part of the system…I don't expect in the end it will really change. Both the Saudis and Jordanians are really concerned with the question of, Will the US stay in the region?'; this is what matters to them more than anything else. There is continuing concern that there will be withdrawal…They want the US to counter Iran and its Shia militias, not just to contain [ISIL]. Yes they see [ISIL] as a threat but Iran is an existential threat.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

In the election debates, some remarks were made that were unworthy of the Iranian nation. But the (wide) participation of the people will erase all of that.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

Some people in those institutions might wish to make infringements. However, these bodies, be it supervisory, executive or security-ensuring bodies, thanks God, are trustworthy and, certainly, should be vigilant.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

If you vote for me in large numbers I will go and kiss the Supreme Leader's hands 10 times if necessary in order to free political prisoners.feedback

Roozbeh Mirebrahimi

The security services of the Islamic Republic don't like things they can't control. There are millions of Telegram users in Iran. How can you control it? Unless you shut it down completely. This is a fight that has been around and will continue to be around. You can see this culture of jokes in the social media of both sides. They are from the same society after all.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I don't know that we have a right to lecture. Just look about what's happening with our country. How are we going to lecture … you see the riots and the horror going on in our own country? When the world sees how bad the United States is and we start talking about civil liberties, I don't think we are a very good messenger.feedback

Mohammad Khatami

We will vote for Rouhani for freedom of thought, logic in dialogue, law in practice, advocacy for citizen's rights, and for bringing social and economic justice to our society. This time it's you who must repeat it.feedback

Ali Vaez

Seldom before have the candidates employed social media to reveal documents aimed at sabotaging their rival's campaign. Negative ads and alternative facts are spreading like wildfire on social media in this election.feedback

Hussein Nejat

But the president answered why do you oppose any technology that comes from the West?feedback

Saeed Leylaz

For the first time, the opponents of the reformists are also using social media. Social media has completely taken over the spreading of information and news about the election. There's no domestic or international media that has the same impact.feedback

Donald J. Trump

His "number-one priority [was] to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran.feedback

Sobhan Shakeri

Whoever listens to the leader and obeys him has the support of us, the Hezbollah. Anyone who does not obey him we will turn our backs on them.feedback

Foad Izadi

Traditionally, historically, we have two-term presidents.feedback

Seth M. Siegel

Iran’s leaders have led the country into one of the world’s worst water crises.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

[I]n some circumstances, if you condition our national security efforts on someone adopting our values, we probably can't achieve our national security goals or our national security interests. If we condition too heavily that others must adopt this value that we've come to over a long history of our own, it really creates obstacles to our ability to advance our national security interests, our economic interests.feedback

Helima Croft - BC Capital

Raisi would likely support the provocative military and regional policies that are already imperiling the nuclear agreement and are leading to increasing calls in Washington to reinstate extra-territorial sanctions.feedback

Jean Christophe Quemard

This is our opportunity to accelerate. We've opened up a lead and we plan to hold on to it. So it's a good example - and it's being used as such.feedback

Jean Christophe Quemard

The 2008 launch is the result of Rouhani's policy since the signing of the nuclear deal, so it was symbolic.feedback

Farhad Parvaresh - Iran Air

This is the plan, a commercial plan, but of course it might change. We hope very much that with this type of aircraft we can connect the small cities to the mega cities. As the number of aircraft increases, we will increase this hub-and-spoke pattern inside the country with the small airports. But in addition to domestic routes we can also use them in the future to connect ... Iran's border cities to the border cities of our neighbours, for which it is not always economical to use bigger aircraft. Financing is going ahead but it is not finalised yet.feedback

Samira Ali

My young son suddenly started suffering from severe diarrhoea. We went to the hospital and found it full, we couldn't find a place. Only with difficulty were the doctors able to give him the medicines which saved his life. This situation is tragic.feedback

Saeed Leylaz

Though unrealistic, such promises will surely attract millions of poor voters.feedback

Raika Mostashari

I had decided not to vote ... Rouhani failed to keep his promises. As long as Khamenei runs policy, nothing will change.feedback

Ali Vaez

With the deal in jeopardy, the system will be in vital need of Rouhani's team of smiling diplomats and economic technocrats to shift the blame to the U.S. and keep Iran's economy afloat.feedback

Mehdi Monfared

People are being less careful with their money and are spending their savings on cars. And the banks are lending.feedback

Fred Fleitz

It was a significant advance in terms of missiles that seem to be able to carry a fairly heavy warhead and carry it a fairly significant distance. It's going in both directions. I suspect the North Koreans also have tried to find scientists – maybe former Soviet scientists – to try to help them develop these [weapons] programs. I think there's some very tough times ahead coming as this missile program progresses. If the missile looks very likely to strike Japan from North Korea, we have to shoot it down. Or what if the missile is going out towards Hawaii. We can't assume that it's a test.feedback

Todd Harrison

If you took that same missile and launched it on a trajectory that was optimized for range, you could actually get a range of over 4,000 kilometers (or 2,485 miles).feedback

Fred Fleitz

I think it's a terrible idea because of the possibility of retaliation against Seoul.feedback

Helima Croft - BC Capital

Think about what they get from Trump and the Republicans. They want to get a whole lot of precision guided missiles. Fully has their back and we will do what it takes to roll back Iranian influence. What they want to hear is the reset with Iran is over. Good bye to all of that. I don't think anyone thinks Putin will lose. He doesn't want protesters. I don't' think Putin wants to risk a significant uptick in discontent going into those elections.feedback

Stuart Jones

The United States is on record, has stated many times, that we are appalled by the atrocities that have been carried out by the Syrian regime. And these atrocities have been carried out seemingly with the unconditional support from Russia and Iran. Russia must now, with great urgency, exercise its influence over the Syrian regime to guarantee that horrific violations stop now. Beginning in 2013, the Syrian regime modified a building within the Saydnaya complex to support what we believe is a crematorium.feedback

Stuart Jones

Credible sources have believed that many of the bodies have been disposed in mass graves. We now believe that the Syrian regime has installed a crematorium in the Sednaya prison complex which could dispose of detainees' remains with little evidence. In light of the failures of the past ceasefire agreements, we have reason to be skeptical. These atrocities have been carried out seemingly with the unconditional support from Russia and Iran. The [Assad] regime must stop all attacks on civilian and opposition forces. And Russia must bear responsibility to ensure regime compliance.feedback

Herman Winick

The suspicion is that, because Iran is a member, that's a third rail that nobody wants to touch. I am disappointed and embarrassed.feedback

Mahmoud Sadeghi

We are successful in bringing change, as otherwise I would not be sitting in Parliament.feedback

Sohrab Mostaghim

Instead of welcoming the extra visitors and this fun game, he pressured us, claiming our promotional video was against Islam, since at the end the brother and sister hug. Now, he is asking us for bribes to allow us to use the park. We are not even sure if he will really allow us if we pay. But we don't have that here.feedback

Bahram Shahriyari

But the sanctions and mismanagement of our leaders was neck-breaking.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We will not let Iran become isolated once again we would like to have constructive and effective interaction with the world.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

I'm ready to, over the next four years, lift the rest of the sanctions against the Iranian nation, like the nuclear sanctions that I lifted over the past four years, with strength.feedback

Saeed Leilaz

The main rival of Rouhani is 'lack of participation' by people.feedback

Mehdi Khalaji

The economy is not in good shape. They trust Rouhani because he succeeded in the nuclear negotiations .... (but) people want to hear about candidates' capabilities to solve economic problems.feedback

Hossein Ghasemi

I will not vote. None of them care about our demands and difficulties linked to daily increasing prices.feedback

Mostafa Tajzadeh

It is impossible that the army of poor and unemployed people ignore promises for increasing cash for poor people.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

That is the decision we will inherit as a Labour government and that is what the position is. The new US president seems determined to add to the dangers by recklessly escalating the confrontation with North Korea, unilaterally launching missile strikes on Syria, opposing President Obama's nuclear arms deal with Iran, and backing a new nuclear arms race.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

The second goal is to give the militants who want reconciliation with the state a chance … to settle their cases, hand over their weapons in return for amnesty.feedback

Lapo Pistelli - Eni

We are still waiting the final decision ... to look carefully at the new IPC and how this new IPC will be applied.feedback

Parisa Business

Europeans have the cutting edge technology, but that's not everything because of the legal, financial and political issues they face.feedback

Bijan Namdar Zanganeh

The major thing is the political limitation for them and pressure on them in the United States. I hope the European Union supports companies.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We want freedom of press, freedom of association and freedom of thought.feedback

James Jeffrey

He can't live with a Y.P.G. statelet that is supported by the U.S. and is linked with Iran.feedback

Hilary Webster

We have students from Arabic-speaking countries (Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran), Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Thailand), Pacific Islands (Samoa, Fiji) and various African countries, as well as two students recently arrived from Greece and one Aboriginal student. These children are Australia's future, and their aspirational parents all want them to be successful Aussies.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

An evil American and rich Zionist said that he managed to turn everything upside down in Georgia with $10 million. In 2009, he was foolish enough to try to affect the Islamic republic, but he slammed against a strong wall of national will and determination. It is the same today.feedback

Hassan Hassan

That is why we are seeing more pro-Iranian militias being built in or for northern and eastern Syria in recent months. For now, things look tolerable for Iran, but it is not clear what the U.S. could do with their buildup in that region. It can go different ways, depending on the U.S. thinking down the road.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

The people of Iran will announce in (the May election) that they don't accept those who only knew executions and prison for 38 years.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Our youth have chosen the path of freedom. You cannot prevent the progress and freedom of our youth.feedback

Reza H. Akbari

The visit may have been a shocking revelation for Rouhani, who might be losing popularity within the working class.feedback

Nikki Haley

The European Union can and should do more to underscore to Iran that its destabilizing actions in the region, including support for extremist and terrorist groups, must cease.feedback

Mohsen Sazegara

Raisi is the Revolutionary Guards candidate. He worked closely with the Revolutionary Guards when he was at the judiciary.feedback

Abbas Milani

They think that if Rouhani wins it's going to chip away at some of their privileges.feedback

Ali Alfoneh

The IRGC will be running buses and mini-buses to make people vote. They will be mobilizing voters not only in the rural areas but also the shantytowns around the big cities. They want their supporters voting. This election is not only about choosing the president. It's about succession after Khamenei. The IRGC believe that it's their chance to completely eliminate the technocrats and control the succession process after Khamenei.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

The entry of armed forces to economic temptations can distance them from their original duty and goal.feedback

Abbas Milani

The IRGC are out for essentially their own corporate gains. They have a big share of the economy. They want a bigger share.feedback

Saeed Laylaz

The candidates ... all want to create jobs, increase production and economic growth. They are repeating what Rouhani has said, only with bigger figures.feedback

Eshaq Jahangiri

Those who say they would create five million jobs are deceiving people.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

With around 35 percent of its plus population aged 15-29, Iran has one of the world's highest recorded ratios of a group seeking both marriage and employment opportunities.feedback

Pratibha Thaker - The Economist Intelligence Unit

Iran's large and youthful population is both an opportunity and a challenge for the Islamic Republic.feedback

Osama Abu Zaid

We are against the division of Syria. As for the agreements, we are not a party to that agreement and of course we will never be in favor (of it) as long as Iran is called a guarantor state. We have an agreement already (in) our hands, why isn't it implemented? Why are we jumping now to safe zones?feedback

Osama Abu Zaid

We refuse any role for Iran and militias affiliated with it. We refuse for it (Iran) to play any role as guarantor, considering it's a nation with hostilities against the Syrian people.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We as guarantors – Turkey, Iran, Russia – will do everything for this to work.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

It is required that all possible measures are taken to rescue the stranded people.feedback

Osama Abu Zaid

We demand guarantee of aid entry, the immediate release of detainees and a cessation of hostilities.feedback

Mahmoud Mashhoun

We are hopeful that FIBA will come up with a positive decision regarding the matter of headgear.feedback

Breanna Stewart

I think it would mean a lot. Obviously with what's going on in this world, we strive for equality. I think when you're on the court or playing your sport, that's your safe haven to get away from everything else that's going on. It's huge for them to be able to feel welcomed on the court and play.feedback

Sadegh Ali Moghadam

We are trying to inject oxygen into the tunnel to increase the chances of survival for people who are trapped in the mine.feedback

Masoumeh Ebtekar

There is a lot being done which is creating a lot of hope and optimism but at the same time the expectations for the nuclear deal are still very high.feedback

Masoumeh Ebtekar

He needs more time ... He has to be given a chance to be able to continue his programme. They understand that mostly the problem is coming from outside. Our government has done its share ... now it is up to our partners in the deal to do their share as well. This opening up will create a better atmosphere, and I hope that they will – particularly countries like the United States – will stand up to their commitments. Gives him a very strong position. We are looking forward to play our role to promote peace and also security in the region.feedback

Mohammed bin Salman

How to talk with a person or a regime that has a firm conviction that its system is based on an ideology of extremism enshrined in its Constitution and stipulated in the command of Khomeini. Reaching the Qiblah of Muslims is a main goal for the Iranian regime. We will not wait until the battle becomes in Saudi Arabia but we will work to have the battle in Iran rather than in Saudi Arabia. This Fund will help to target many sectors inside and outside Saudi Arabia, and one of the most important sectors is the mining sector.feedback