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After decades of simply talking about it, the president of the United States is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. America will no longer tolerate Iran's efforts to destabilize the region and jeopardize Israel's security. So let me be clear. Under President Donald Trump, the United States of America will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. This is our solemn promise to you, to Israel and to the world.
NEW Mar 27 2017
The latest person who has talked about Iran is Hassan Rouhani: “Soon it's the (Iranian) New Year, so let the people have some joy. How come crying a lot is halal (allowed under Islam) and if we laugh it's haram (banned). We are a government that says we should use foreign capital. We say if our aircraft fleet is in need of new planes we should buy them. But some say it's honorable to use old equipment. We are steadfast in our principles and we don't compromise on them, but we should talk to the world, engage and cooperate with it.”. You’ll find on this page all the other quotes of Hassan Rouhani 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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Donald J. Trump

Nowruz means 'new day' in Persian. It is an occasion to celebrate new beginnings, a sentiment that is particularly meaningful for so many Iranians who have come to our country in recent decades to make a new start in a free land. For many years, I have greatly enjoyed wonderful friendships with Iranian-Americans, one of the most successful immigrant groups in our country's contemporary history.

Donald J. Trump

Nowruz means 'new day' in Persian. It is an occasion to celebrate new beginnings, a sentiment that is particularly meaningful for so many Iranians who have come to our country in recent decades to make a new start in a free land. For many years, I have greatly enjoyed wonderful friendships with Iranian-Americans, one of the most successful immigrant groups in our country's contemporary history. To the Iranian people and all those around the world celebrating Nowruz…I wish you freedom, dignity, and wealth.

Ray Takeyh - Council on Foreign Relations

The Nowruz messages have historically been occasions when the White House limits itself to good year wishes. It was during the Obama administration that they were infused with political content, as the White House was searching for ways to reach out to the Iranian government. So in many ways, the Trump administration's message is restoring a pre-existing tradition.

Dennis Ross

This is a message designed to put the regime on the defensive. It is smart and well crafted with clear messages in mind.

Yukiya Amano - International Atomic Energy Agency

Without an increase, the IAEA will not be able to implement the verification and monitoring activities in Iran. The desire to fund it, they need to discuss more. But at least I felt sympathy from lawmakers. He listened to me, but it is too early to give us any indication now.

R.K. Takkar - UCO Bank

We are working on a mechanism through euros and looking for a common correspondent bank in Europe to act as an intermediary for India and Iran. The euro payment system has not yet crystallized.

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

The US needs to decide what role it wants to play, and who it wants to ally with, in the debates about the future of those parts of Syria still outside government control, and the future shape of a national government. This cannot be considered independently of the commitment to defeat Isis in Iraq, where the US again faces the conundrum that Iran has the same declared enemy, but where victory threatens to extend its influence.

Mahama Khalil

We will not accept a Turkish agenda or an Iranian agenda. Turkey and Iran are trying to pull Sinjar into a regional conflict, and Sinjar will not accept it.

Jeff Prescott
Daniel Benaim

Using Iraq as a battleground as part of a broader strategy to counter Iran would also ignore the foundation of America's presence there – as the invited guest of the Iraqi government. As much as Iraq needs us, we also need Iraq, particularly as we pursue persistent threats against the homeland – including as a hub for the continued fight against the Islamic State in Syria.

Donald J. Trump

One of the things I did ask is, 'Why did President Obama sign that agreement with Iran?' Because nobody has been able to figure that one out... But maybe someday we will be able to figure that one out.

Chagai Tzuriel

As we speak, relations between Iran and Syria are getting tighter. Iran is in the process of putting together agreements, including economic agreements, with Syria to strengthen its hold, its ports and naval bases there. There is a need for Russia and other powers to work to avoid the threat that Iran ends up with military, air and naval bases in Syria. When it comes to Iran, the United States, Russia and other powers need to understand that (growing Iranian influence in Syria) is going to be a constant source of friction. Russia has a vested interest in keeping that threat contained.

Chagai Tzuriel

We have to decide what we want (in Syria) or what we don't want. The main strategic threat right now is what happens in Syria, it is the key arena. There's no place in the world that has so many elements wrapped up in it.

Chagai Tzuriel

We don't view Russia as the enemy and I don't think they view us as the enemy either. We have to assume that the Russians want stability, they want a Pax Russiana in the region. If they want a stabilization, they can't do it alone. They need the United States, they need regional powers, they need opposition parties and militias, even those that are not exactly Russia's cup of tea.

Donald J. Trump

One of the things I did ask is, Why did President Obama sign that agreement with Iran?' because nobody has been able to figure that one out. But maybe someday we'll be able to figure that one out.

Ayatollah Khamenei

There is a large gap between what has been carried out, and what the people and what we expect.

Ayatollah Khamenei

The middle and lower classes of society were suffering from these problems and they continue to do so in the present time. I feel bitterness with all my heart. I feel the bitterness that the people experience. And this bitterness is related to economic matters and problems such as high prices, unemployment and social detriments. Well, all of us are responsible. However, there is a large gap between what has been carried out, and what the people and what we expect. I call the new year, a year of resistance economy, production and employment.

Nikki Haley

It is not Syria, where the regime has systematically slaughtered and tortured its own people. It is not Iran, where public hangings are a regular occurrence. It is not North Korea, where the regime uses forced labor camps to crush its people into submission. It is Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.

Farhad Besharati

Even if you are following the news, you cannot understand what is happening. They all worry they will never be able to see family members again, their homes again.

Touraj Daryaee

People are all horrified with dismay, we thought that relationships were improving. Instead, we are all paranoid and scared. The student visas do not come with any promise of getting in again.

Mohebat Azimpour

All my friends and family there were waiting for me to be there this New Year, but everyone agrees it's best for me to wait. I'm concerned that my retirement is in jeopardy if I don't go back soon. I have so much at stake in Iran, I don't have a choice. I have to go even if it's hard.

Farhad Besharati

They are all scared. They don't want to get stuck. They don't want their parents stuck here.

Khalid al-Falih

It has brought it to yet a higher level than it has ever been, and there is alignment on all of the major issues between the two governments, and it's been, I think, further helped by the personal bond that was created between his royal highness, the deputy crown prince, and President Trump.

Hanif Sadr

This is a rich, ancient way of cooking, and people here are so excited about our ingredients, our herbs. I really want to win people's hearts with the food I'm cooking.

Mana Heshmati

The color of the food, and the symbolic meaning behind it, is as exciting as it tastes.

Hanif Sadr

By the time you have finished dinner, you have eaten two whole bunches. Herbs are not just a garnish for us.

Mana Heshmati

She always puts a handful of whole garlic cloves in the rice, because we used to fight over who got those.

Mana Heshmati

I love ghormeh sabzi. But I took it once for lunch in elementary school and then never again because I got made fun of. I even had a boyfriend in college who made fun of it.

Hanif Sadr

The first few days after moving to Berkeley, I couldn't tell whether I was in California or northern Iran. In the hills, I found and foraged the same wild hazelnuts, Persian hogweed, citrus and green plums we have in Iran.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I made it clear that regarding Syria, while Israel is not opposed that there should be an agreement there, we strongly oppose the possibility that Iran and its proxies will be left with a military presence in Syria under such an agreement.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I made it clear that regarding Syria, Israel has no objection to an agreement in Syria, but we strongly oppose the possibility that in such an agreement Iran and its proxies will maintain a military presence in Syria.

Sean Spicer

Today, we mark the ten-year anniversary of the disappearance of United States citizen Robert 'Bob' Levinson. The Levinson family has suffered far too much during the last decade due to the absence of Mr. Levinson, a loving father, brother, husband, grandfather, and friend to many. We want him back, and we will spare no effort to achieve that goal. We will not rest until this case is resolved.

Mikhail Bogdanov

The lawful authorities who will be lawfully chosen in Syria would be the ones with the right to demand the withdrawal of all foreign powers from the country.

Vladimir Frolov

Given all this, it is hard to see what Putin could promise to Netanyahu. He might, and likely will, promise a lot, but is in no position to deliver.

Christine Levinson

We believe people can survive for ten years under any circumstances. In the worst places, people survive. We know Bob is alive.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Of course, if it becomes clear what his goal was, or if he was indeed on a mission, then perhaps specific assistance can be given.

Christine Levinson

Iran is responsible for Bob. They know where he is and what happened to him. They've had him for 10 years. And we need the United States government to meet with them and find out what's necessary to get Bob home. I'm hoping that the Trump administration will be able to do that.

Christine Levinson

We believe people can survive 10 years under any circumstances. In the worst places, people survive. We know Bob is alive. Everyone else has gotten out of Iran, but Bob has been left behind every single time. It's now time for him to be returned home to his family.

Dan Levinson

I'm not as worried about his health. I understand people thinking it being over 10 years and fearing the worst, but we don't believe that.

Mehdi Hashemi

The unprofessional actions of the Americans can have irreversible consequences.

Douglas Hassebrock

Despite ZTE's repeated attempts to thwart the investigation, the dogged determination of investigators uncovered damning evidence.

Zhao Xianming - ZTE Corporation

ZTE acknowledges the mistakes it made, takes responsibility for them, and remains committed to positive change in the company. Instituting new compliance-focused procedures and making significant personnel changes has been a top priority for the company. We have learned many lessons from this experience and will continue on our path of becoming a model for export compliance and management excellence. We are committed to a new ZTE, compliant, healthy and trustworthy.

Wilbur Ross

Those who flout our economic sanctions and export control laws will not go unpunished. They will suffer the harshest of consequences.

Zhao Xianming - ZTE Corporation

ZTE acknowledges the mistakes it made, takes responsibility for them, and remains committed to positive change in the company.

Carol Morello

In addition, Fox News reported that Iran had itself test-fired a pair of ballistic missiles that destroyed a floating barge over the weekend, but that could not be independently confirmed. Iran fired a medium-range ballistic missile last month, apparently violating a U.N. Security Council Resolution. The administration responded with its first economic sanctions, when it placed 13 people and 12 businesses on a list that prohibits Americans from dealing with them.

Carol Morello

The apparent harassment of the USS Invincible on two occasions, on Thursday and Saturday, came amid Iranian state media reports that Iran had tested its newly acquired S-300 missile air defense system that is designed to intercept incoming missiles.

Yukiya Amano - International Atomic Energy Agency

I am confident that we can have very good cooperation with the United States in the future. With respect to Iran I made the point that the JCPOA is a net gain from the verification point of view because now we have the strongest verification regime in Iran, while the nuclear activities of Iran are reduced. The new administration of the United States just started and they are looking at various issues - not just this issue but many other issues, so it is very early for them to give their assessment.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I will express to President Putin Israel's vigorous opposition to this possibility. I hope that we'll be able to reach certain understandings to lessen the possible friction between our forces and their forces, as we've successfully done so far.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I will express to President Putin Israel's vigorous opposition to this possibility.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I hope that we'll be able to reach certain understandings to lessen the possible friction between our forces and their forces, as we've successfully done so far.

Aviv Geffen

This is a great opportunity to show the world that Iran and Israel can stand together on the same stage and respect each other.

Shahin Najafi

I believe in what I do and I'm fighting for what I believe in: For democracy, for freedom and for peace and I'm ready to die for it.

Shahin Najafi

Stop the violence between people before it's too late. Let's stop dividing people. Israel is considered a taboo in Iran and I'm very pleased to break this taboo. I do this in the name of art, freedom and democracy. Let's march to our dream, no race or nationality, let's try until things get better.

Aviv Geffen

I think it is a great opportunity to show the world that Iran and Israel can stand together on the same stage and respect each other. People can talk, people can make music together and it's all fine. We've got no problem at all.

Shahin Najafi

Life is in general dangerous and my situation is such that I believe in what I do and I am fighting for what I believe in ... and I am ready to die for it. I am not representing anyone. I am representing myself and I see as my duty to support freedom, democracy and peace.

Aviv Geffen

I think Shahin is one of the bravest artists I ever met. He is a friend of mine and I care about him.

Douglas Jacobson

In fact, a company that has faced the type of scrutiny that ZTE has ... actually gives U.S. suppliers and customers a greater degree of comfort that they will be a compliant company in the future.

Nasr al-Hariri

We reiterated the devilish role that Iran is playing through hundreds of thousands of fighters on the Syrian soil.

John Lombard

She did attend a group meeting about adoptions with other Senators, and had a brief proactive call with the ambassador amid calls to several other parties to the Iran nuclear deal.

Jennifer Rubin

It’s an up hill climb, certainly. President Trump “faces significant challenges in bringing lawmakers together. First, he needs to bridge differences within his own party on tax policy, health care and other matters. And he will also need support from Senate Democrats to pass much of his agenda, at a time when the party’s base voters are urging resistance.”.

Rolando Gomez

The US been a very active and constructive partner in the Council for many years, spearheading a number of important initiatives, such as DPRK (North Korea), Iran, Syria, LGBT rights ... and many issues that are certainly on the agenda today.

Donald J. Trump

Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice in an unbroken chain all the way down to the president. That torch is now in our hands, and we will use it to light up the world.

Kianoush Ebrahimzadeh

His (director Asghar Farhadi's) movie is certainly a good film to have reached this stage but politics have played a role, too. There is opposition against Mr. Trump inside American society right now, particularly from their art communities and educated people.

Asghar Farhadi

(…)It is comforting to know that at a time when some politicians are trying to promote hate by creating divisions between cultures religions and nationalities the cinema community has joined with the people in a common show of unity to announce its opposition.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

In other words, the contemporary U.S. belongs to all nations, including the natives of the land. No one may consider themselves the owner and view others as guests or immigrants.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Four years is a long period, but it ends quickly. The opportunity needs to be valued, and all its moments need to be used in the best way.

Hossein Ali Amiri

In recent weeks, Mr. Rouhani has reached the conclusion to take part in the presidential election.

Hassan Rouhani

Soon it's the (Iranian) New Year, so let the people have some joy. How come crying a lot is halal (allowed under Islam) and if we laugh it's haram (banned). We are a government that says we should use foreign capital. We say if our aircraft fleet is in need of new planes we should buy them. But some say it's honorable to use old equipment. We are steadfast in our principles and we don't compromise on them, but we should talk to the world, engage and cooperate with it.

Bashar al-Assad

It is not our purpose to share authority or to take authority but to shift authority from a dictator to the Syrian people, who have the right to choose the shape of the state.

Nasr al-Hariri

We have a lot of points that we share with this new administration of America. On the top of these priorities is fighting terrorism and reaching stability in Syria across or through a political transition and to face the state of Iran, which interferes not only in Syria but in Iraq and Yemen and in other countries.

Nasr El Hariri

We have a lot of points that we share with this new administration of America. On the top of these priorities is fighting terrorism.

Asghar Farhadi

It is comforting to me to know that, at a time when some politicians are trying to promote hate by creating divisions between cultures and religions and nationalities.

Ali Akbar Salehi

About 650 tonnes is to be delivered in two shipments over two years and 300 tonnes during the third year and this shipment is to be returned to Kazakhstan (after enrichment). Five of the members of the committee overseeing the (nuclear deal) have given their written approval, but Britain changed its mind at the last moment, considering the U.S. elections and Middle East problems. In nuclear talks ... we reached a final agreement on jointly producing nuclear fuel with Russia. We asked for their help in this regard... and it was agreed for the Russians to give us advisory help.

Omar Shakir

The denial letter came as a shock, given that we have had regular access to Israel and the West Bank for nearly three decades and regularly engage Israeli authorities. Branding us as propagandists and fake human rights advocates puts Israel in the company of heavily repressive states like North Korea, Iran and Sudan that have blocked access for Human Rights Watch staff members.

Nasr El Hariri

As opposition, we're looking forward and waiting for a positive role for the US in the region. So we could get rid of ISIL and also, get rid of Iran and the other Shiite militias, so we can achieve the political transition in Syria.

Donald J. Trump

Just another bad deal that the country made, whether it's START, whether it's the Iran deal ... We're going to start making good deals.

Nasr al-Hariri

The guarantor countries, specifically Russia, failed to control the regime and the militias that fight with the regime. They failed to control Iran.

Mohammad Pakpour

The enemy should not be mistaken in its assessments, and it will receive a strong slap in the face if it does make such a mistake. The message of these exercises ... for world arrogance is not to do anything stupid.

Hossein Dalirian

Since Lebanon's Hezbollah is one of the chief holders of the Fateh 110, this missile is one of main alternatives for targeting the Dimona installations.

Dave Ernsberger - S&P Global

There is the shadow looming of new supply coming to market not just from Iran but also from the U.S. and what we're looking at heading into the second quarter is when will that oil come to market and will it begin to take the edge off prices a little bit. One cargo of shale oil is not like another and you don't really know what is going to happen when you put it through your refinery until it lands at your port and that's a little more uncertainty that even the oil refinery industry - which is used to uncertainty - is really willing to embrace right now.

Numan Kurtulmus

Even if our political differences with Iran emerge, these shouldn't be blown out of proportion.

Numan Kurtulmus

Iran and Turkey are friendly nations. There can be differences in views from time to time, but there can't be animosity because of comments.

Bahram Ghassemi

We will be patient with their positions. But there is a certain cap for our patience.

Sergei Chemezov

Yes, we have problems with turbines, because Germany and some other European countries have banned deliveries to Crimea. We are negotiating with Iran, they are manufacturing similar turbines.

Avigdor Lieberman

The Iranian deal…it's copy paste what we had with North Korea. And we see the results in North Korea. There is no doubt, if you ask…every man, every woman in the Middle East, everybody understands that Iran will be another example of the North Korean deal.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

If you want to defeat Daesh, we need, even if it looks complicated, even if it looks remote, a political, inclusive, credible solution in Syria and that is the challenge that we are going to face in the next few weeks.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran is unmoved by threats. Iran responds very well to respect. We don't respond well to threats.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

Where are the United States (on a political solution)? I can't tell you, because I don't know.

Lindsey Graham

I think it it is now time for the Congress to take Iran on directly in terms of what they've done outside the nuclear programme.

Mohammed Javad Zarif

The use of chemical weapons can never be condoned ... Unfortunately the terrorist organisations Nusra and Daesh (Islamic State) still possess chemical weapons.

Javad Zarif

I believe the nuclear deal is going to last. Threats do not work against Iran. It would work much better if they decided to use the language of respect, the language of mutual interest. Iran has many options. The possibility has not arisen, no request has been made. If a need arises to deal with the nuclear issue we have, we have mechanisms within the nuclear agreement for meetings of the ministers.

Javad Zarif

It shows the hostility is towards all Iranians – even Iranian members of Parliament in Europe, because there are ministers, members of parliament in Europe who were born in Iran and they cannot enter the United States. This is absurd. What is the message that the United States Government is trying to send?

Javad Zarif

Iran is not interested in conflict. I believe at the end of the day reason and rationality will prevail... There is no cause to be served and great cost to be paid.

Javad Zarif

It's a multilateral deal and multilateral deals cannot be reopened for negotiations because it would open a Pandora's box.

Christopher S. Murphy

There's going to be a conversation about what the proportional response is. But I don't necessarily think there's going to be partisan division over whether or not we have the ability as a Congress to speak on issues outside of the nuclear agreement. We have to make a decision whether we are going to get involved in the emerging proxy war in a bigger way than we are today, between Iran and Saudi.

Lindsey Graham

I think it is now time for the Congress to take Iran on directly in terms of what they've done outside the nuclear program. Iran is a bad actor in the greatest sense of the word when it comes to the region. To Iran, I say, if you want us to treat you differently then stop building missiles, test-firing them in defiance of U.N. resolution and writing 'Death to Israel' on the missile. That's a mixed message.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

"With Russia we have some serious points of disagreement and they have to be put on the table. It's not by making friendly statements that problems will be resolved,". "The deal must be completely respected by Iran, but it is out of the question to open up a new construction site for an agreement that was reached in difficulty. I sense that there was a difference of opinion or at least question marks,".

Wolfgang Eder - Voestalpine

A European commodity steel business won't be sustainable in the long term unless the external parameters (such as anti-dumping duties or capacity reductions) change.

Fawaz Gerges

The Arab states have already been dealing with Israel for quite some times. Iran now is a bigger threat than Israel, in the eyes of the Arab street, in the Gulf in particular. The Arab position is that the only way forward with Israel is to make peace with the Palestinians, based on the Arab Peace Initiative.

Donald J. Trump

I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like. I can live with either one. I thought for a while it looked like the two-state, looked like it may be the easier of the two, but honestly if Bibi, and if the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing – I mean ever – a nuclear weapon.

Joseph Condrill

During very formative years of his life, he was exposed to everything that was Iran. For those of us that had once lived in Iran, there's an after-effect, the effect of the Islamic Revolution. There is definitely a sense of suspicion, if you will ... based upon that experience of the Iran that we once knew.'.

Derek Chollet

He was a very good and effective bureaucratic player. He understands the role the military plays within the broader tool set of American policy.

Ayatollah Khamenei

"I have asked the honorable president to advise his executive managers that management must take place with transparency, supervision and follow-up,". "Otherwise if managers say 'This should take place' and another person says 'Of course' there will be no progress and no visible work will get done".

Donald J. Trump

The United States will encourage a peace and really a great peace deal. We will be working on it very, very diligently. But it is the parties themselves who must directly negotiate such an agreement. I'm happy with the one they like the best. The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions, which I've talked a lot about. One of the worst deals I've ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing - I mean ever - a nuclear weapon.

Ayatollah Khamenei

I have asked the honourable president to advise his executive managers that management must take place with transparency, supervision and follow-up. Otherwise if managers say 'This should take place' and another person says 'Of course' there will be no progress and no visible work will get done.

Yousef Munayyer

Netanyahu seeks to shift the discussion in the U.S.-Israel relationship away from settlements and peace and back to Iran so that he can put off the difficult political decisions that would roil his coalition and put his rule in jeopardy.

Yukiya Amano - International Atomic Energy Agency

I'm expecting to have direct contact with the new administration very soon. Why not meet again in the near future? We have been monitoring. When there's a certain indication, we can detect it immediately. The IAEA is functioning as the eyes and ears of the international community.

Ali Abu Mahdi

It's their corruption that facilitates the entry of Daesh. Both are in the same bag.

Alastair Newton

Just a couple of weeks ago, Washington imposed additional unilateral sanctions on Iran for a similar missile test, so we have to assume that Trump will do something.

Ayatollah Khamenei

"We know you to be a man of action and hope you will act in a way so the accords do not just stay on paper,"

Ayatollah Khamenei

We know you to be a man of action and hope you will act in a way so the accords do not just stay on paper.

Ali Shamkhami

Cooperation between Iran and Russia to fight against terrorism in Syria has wide and comprehensive dimensions.

Ali Shamkhani

Their (Russians') use of Iran's air space has continued because we have a fully strategic cooperation with Russia. In the recent cases, Russian fighter planes have only used Iran's airspace and have not had refueling operations.

Meir Javedanfar

Now with Trump in charge, Iran's hard-liners can sleep easy as they thrive on threats and intimidation from the U.S.; it feeds their narrative.

Hassan Rouhani

Our nation is vigilant and will make those threatening Iran regret it ... They should learn to respect Iran and Iranians ... We will strongly confront any war-mongering policies. This turnout of people is a strong response to false remarks by the new leaders of America.

Hassan Rouhani

"Some inexperienced figures in the region and America are threatening Iran ... They should know that the language of threats has never worked with Iran,". "They should learn to respect Iran and Iranians ... We will strongly confront any warmongering policies".

Hassan Rouhani

In the United States, there are some who are newly in power. Those who threaten our government and our armed forces has to know that our people are united, vigilant and will resist the enemy until the end.

Hassan Rouhani

"In the United States, there are some who are newly in power. Who threatens our government and our armed forces has to know that our people is united, vigilant and will resist the enemy until the end,"

Ayatollah Khamenei

We are thankful to Trump for making our life easy, as he showed the real face of America. During his election campaign and after that, he confirmed what we have been saying for more than 30 years about the political, economic, moral and social corruption in the U.S. ruling system. Trump has said we should be scared and frightened of him. ... We will show on the anniversary of our revolution how we respond to his threats. No enemy can paralyze Iran.

Mohammed Parsa Rajavi

This is the first time I am attending [the anniversary rally]. I am here because Trump has been disrespectful to Iran, the Supreme Leader, and he deserves a slap in the mouth.

Hassan Rouhani

They should learn to respect Iran and Iranians ... We will strongly confront any warmongering policies.

Hassan Rouhani

This turnout is a response to false remarks by the new rulers in the White House and the people are telling the world through their presence that the Iranian people must be spoken to with respect. Iranians will make those using threatening language against this nation regret it. Some inexperienced figures in the region and America are threatening Iran. They should know that the language of threats has never worked with Iran. They should learn to respect Iran and Iranians. We will strongly confront any warmongering policies.

Federica Mogherini - European Union

We tend to celebrate when walls come down. America has always been great because it has been made up of many people coming from different places.

Hassan Rouhani

"Some inexperienced figures in the region and America are threatening Iran … they should know that the language of threats has never worked with Iran,". "They should learn to respect Iran and Iranians. We will strongly confront any warmongering policies.".

Saeed Leylaz

The leader's speech showed that the leadership has agreed on a less confrontational line. They prefer to wait and see Trump's actions and not to act based on his rhetoric.

Meir Javedanfar

"Now with Trump in charge, Iran's hardliners can sleep easy as they thrive on threats and intimidation from the U.S., it feeds their narrative,"

Hassan Rouhani

We all are followers of our leader Khamenei. Our nation will give a proper answer to all those threats and pressures in the upcoming election.

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.

Hassan Rouhani

"Some inexperienced figures in the region and America are threatening Iran … They should know that the language of threats has never worked with Iran,". "Our nation is vigilant and will make those threatening Iran regret it … They should learn to respect Iran and Iranians … We will strongly confront any war-mongering policies".

Ted Malloch

We would prefer, certainly in the Trump administration, to work with countries bilaterally. It has taken positions contrary to American foreign policy in the last eight years in any number of issues, whether it's on Israel, on the Middle East, on Iran, on some human rights issues. There is a long and growing list of issues where U.S. foreign policy differs from that of the EU. All of these things, just objectively, would be good. Of course, how do you get from here to there? That's the question.

Patrick Pouyanne

There are two executive orders that are supposed to be renewed before summer. These are supposed to last about 18 months. So President Trump will have to, or not, renew these sanction waivers. So, either the waivers are renewed and as such, respect the Iran nuclear deal, which will allow us to execute the contract and we'll do so, or they decide to tear up the Iran nuclear agreement. In that case, we'll not be able to work in Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei

We are thankful for this person who has arrived [President Trump]. Our thanks is for making our life easy as he showed the real face of America. What we have been saying for more than 30 years about the political, economic, moral and social corruption in the US ruling system, this person arose during the election campaign and... has confirmed it.

Lynn Maalouf - Amnesty International

The "horrors depicted in this report reveal a hidden, monstrous campaign, authorised at the highest levels of the Syrian government, aimed at crushing any form of dissent within the Syrian population. We demand that the Syrian authorities immediately cease extrajudicial executions and torture and inhuman treatment at Saydnaya Prison and in all other government prisons across Syria. Russia and Iran, the government's closest allies, must press for an end to these murderous detention policies.

Donald J. Trump

You have to get over it because there's so much work to be done. Who is the state senator? Do you want to give his name? We'll destroy his career. I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy - yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!

Ayatollah Khamenei

We thank [Trump], because he made it easier for us to reveal the real face of the United States. What we have been saying, for over 30 years, about political, economic, moral and social corruption within the U.S. ruling establishment, he came out and exposed during the election campaigns and after the elections.

Ayatollah Khamenei

"During his election campaign and after that, he confirmed what we have been saying for more than 30 years about the political, economic, moral and social corruption in the U.S. ruling system,"

Mohammad Javad Zarif

I believe Trump will push for renegotiation. But Iran and European countries will not accept that. We will have difficult days ahead.

Ayatollah Khamenei

No enemy can paralyse the Iranian nation. (Trump) says 'you should be afraid of me'. No! The Iranian people will respond to his words on Feb. 10 and will show their stance against such threats.

Hassan Rouhani

The new US president reads the text of the nuclear deal but cannot accept it. He says this is the worst deal in history. This is a win-win agreement. Everyone benefits from it... The nuclear negotiations can be used as an example for other talks to bring stability and security to the region.

Donald J. Trump

I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy - yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem! Freedom, security and justice will prevail. We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism and we will not allow it to take root in our country. We're not going to allow it.

Ayatollah Khamenei

He says we should be grateful to Obama? We should be thankful because he brought war and bloodshed to Syria and Iraq and he supported the 2009 demonstrations here, that's what we should be thankful of. We are thankful to Trump for making our life easy as he showed the real face of America. During his election campaign and after that, he confirmed what we have been saying for more than 30 years about the political, economic, moral and social corruption in the U.S. ruling system.

Ayatollah Khamenei

Trump has said we should be scared and frightened of him … we will show on the anniversary of our revolution how we respond to his threats. No enemy can paralyze Iran.

Benjamin Netanyahu

At my upcoming meeting with President Trump in Washington, I intend to raise the renewal of sanctions against Iran in this context and in other contexts. Iranian aggression must not go unanswered.

Hassan Rouhani

"The new U.S. president reads text of the nuclear deal but cannot accept it. He says this is the worst deal in history,". "This is a win-win agreement. Everyone benefits from it... The nuclear negotiations can be used as an example for other talks to bring stability and security to the region,".

Ayatollah Khamenei

Why should we be thankful to the previous U.S. administration? Because it imposed anti-Iranian sanctions? Because of the extremist Islamic State group? Setting the region on fire in Iraq and Syria?

Ayatollah Khamenei

We are thankful to Mr. Newcomer, of course, since he has shown the real face of the U.S. and proved what Iran has said for 38 years about the political, economic, social and moral corruption of the U.S. government.

Mac Thornberry

If you look at what's happening around the world, I would mention Iran and North Korea, the importance of missile defense is increasing. Actors around the world are building missiles that are harder to stop. I think we have a tremendous opportunity to do the right thing. There's more of the federal budget being looked at, in play, if you will, than has been the case for many years.

Mac Thornberry

If you look at what's happening around the world, I would mention Iran and North Korea, the importance of missile defence is increasing. Actors around the world are building missiles that are harder to stop.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I'd like to talk to you about how we can ensure that Iran's aggression does not go unanswered. Iran seeks to annihilate Israel, it seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it threatens the world. And it offers provocation after provocation. That's why I welcome President Trump's assistance of new sanctions against Iran. I think other nations should follow suit, certainly responsible nations.

Richard Aboulafia - Teal Group

The Trump administration is absolutely determined to ratchet up tensions and the Iranians will of course, being hardliners there, want to do the same.

Russell Solomon - Moody's

It's a risk but not something that will overwhelm [Boeing]. They do have a tremendous amount of operating and financial flexibility because of strength of the balance sheet, a strong liquidity profile and a very significant order book. Boeing will probably have to backstop a lot of that [financing] on its own.

Dmitry Peskov

Russia has friendly partner-like relations with Iran, we cooperate on a wide range of issues, value our trade ties, and hope to develop them further. It's no secret for anyone that Moscow and Washington hold diametrically opposed views on many international issues. That should not be an obstacle when it comes to forging normal communication and pragmatic mutually-beneficial relations between Russia and the United States.

Amir Hossein Zamani Nia

Based on the U.S. Congress sanctions, the American oil companies cannot work in Iran. Such actions have had no effect, and international companies are still keen to do business with Iran.

Theresa May

We remain committed to a two-state solution as the best way of brokering stability and peace.

Rich Bender

We don't think politics (should) have any role in this. But, unfortunately, sometimes you can't control that.

Bahram Qasemi

Iran's missile test was not a message to the new U.S. government. There is no need to test Mr Trump as we have heard his views on different issues in recent days... We know him quite well.

Fawaz Gerges

Both sides, the American leadership and the Iranian leadership, are playing with fire. There's a real danger that the war of words between Washington and Tehran could easily escalate into a shooting war. More sanctions by the U.S. against Iran could embolden the hard-liners in Iran, and the hard-liners would basically benefit through any major escalation between the U.S. and Iran.

Barbod Dejami

We, the Iranians, we see this belligerence and warmongering from America. It's as clear as day. I don't know who on Warth has appointed America police of the world.

Fawaz Gerges

The reason why I fear that the current tensions between the United States and Iran could easily escalate into a military confrontation [is] you have a domestic audience in Iran itself. The tensions could basically pour gasoline on a raging fire in Iran.

Meisam Jebelli

For the past 40 years, the Iranian government has tried to establish a nationwide hatred for the U.S. government and failed.

Sam Yebri

I have no problem with the security apparatus. There are concerns just about being an Iranian American at this time, I think, until cooler heads prevail.

Paul Ryan

Repeal and replace. If you're going to repair the American health care system, and fix its problems, you have to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better: Patient-centered health care. Somewhere along the line there was confusion that we were going to take the Obamacare architecture and, you know, tinker at the margins and repair it. You can't. It is a collapsing law. We've always had different kinds of Republicans throughout our party. It's a big tent party.

Alan Tahmasebi

It was a land of opportunity but now, I don't think so. They wish to come here and visit my new baby. They never worked with the army, with the government (in Iran) – I have no idea what is going on. There's two things in my country – one is people, one is government. This new law is not for the government. It's for the people, who like the United States.

Jeannine Stepanian

I felt like it could have been any one of my relatives this could have been happening to.

Azadeh Paksa

I am a dual citizen of Germany and Iran, and I am currently holding a non-immigrant visa that will be valid until June 2017. If the discriminatory restrictions are still in place and the ban is not overturned, I will go back to Europe or anywhere else in the world and will help advance science in a country where I am truly respected as a resident. A country in which I can have freedom, as opposed to living in a prison in the U.S.

Donald J. Trump

Iran is playing with fire – they don't appreciate how 'kind' President Obama was to them. Not me! The days of turning a blind eye to Iran's hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over. This behaviour seems continuous despite the very favourable deal given to Iran by the Obama Administration. These sanctions target these behaviours. Nothing is off the table.

Michael Flynn

The days of turning a blind eye to Iran's hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over. This behaviour seems continuous despite the very favourable deal given to Iran by the Obama Administration. These sanctions target these behaviours.

Bob Corker

Right now we really paved the way for them after year seven or eight to obtain the ability to quickly make a nuclear weapon with no breakout time so I think this is just the beginning. You are going to see an effort to really change the terms of this over time.

Donald J. Trump

Japan has made noteworthy contributions to regional security and to the alliance, and the United States deeply appreciates Japan's contributions. But make no mistake: In my meeting with Japanese leaders, both our nations recognize that we must not be found complacent in the face of the challenges we face.

Michael Flynn

The international community has been too tolerant of Iran's bad behavior. The ritual of convening a United Nations Security Council in an emergency meeting and issuing a strong statement is not enough. The Trump administration will no longer tolerate Iran's provocations that threaten our interests. The days of turning a blind eye to Iran's hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

I hope you will prefer real public interests and justice to the never-ending demands of a selfish minority and seize the opportunity to serve people so that you will be remembered with high esteem.

Ahmad Khatami

We have missile drills. Our missile drills are a show of our might. We are living in a world of wolves. Wolves such as the arrogant government of America. In this world of wolves should we remain unarmed and they do whatever damn things they want? No way! This will never happen! Your message is aimed at confronting religion and Islam,'.

Richard Nephew

Any European or Asian bank that does business on behalf of (sanctioned Iranian entities) runs the risk of being cut off from the United States.

Paul Ryan

A lot of that toothpaste is already out of the tube. I don't think you're going to go back and reconstitute the multilateral sanctions that were in place. I think we also need to ratchet up sanctions. I think what this administration is doing, which I agree with, is saying, We have a new administration, and we're going to hold you, Iran, to account. This last administration did not do that.

Donald J. Trump

Nothing is off the table' in dealing with Iran, a day after his national security adviser, Michael Flynn said he was putting Iran 'on notice.

Mark Dubowitz

This is fully consistent with the Obama administration's commitment to Congress that the nuclear deal does not preclude the use of non-nuclear sanctions.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran unmoved by threats as we derive security from our people. Will never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defense. We will never use our weapons against anyone, except in self-defence. Let us see if any of those who complain can make the same statement.

Rich Bender

"We don't think politics (should) have any role in this. But, unfortunately, sometimes you can't control that,"

Bahram Ghassemi

The visa policy of the new American administration gave us no other option but to ban the wrestlers.

Paul Ryan

The "swift and decisive response proves that our new administration is serious about holding the Iranian regime accountable for its illicit behavior.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

We will never use our weapons against anyone, except in self-defense. Let us see if any of those who complain can make the same statement.

Todd Gordon

The market has already broken the recent range [and] has settled in what we call kind of a bull flag, which is a short-term move against the established trend before we eventually resume [moving higher].

Nenad Lalovic

"Though we had hoped for a different outcome from Iran's Foreign Ministry, we appreciate the complex nature of this decision,"

Nenad Lalovic

Though we had hoped for a different outcome from Iran's Foreign Ministry, we appreciate the complex nature of this decision.

Bob Corker

I think what happened over the weekend was a wake-up call. I do think, on the other hand, when they threaten with - when they threaten us in other ways. Let's move away from the nuclear agreement when they have their naval vessels threatening ours and doing things, they need to be aware that there's a new day and we're not putting up with the things they've been doing in the region.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran unmoved by threats as we derive security for our people. We'll never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defense.

Bahram Ghassemi

Eventually the visit by the U.S. freestyle wrestling team was opposed.

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

As far as Iran goes, this is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world and I think it is wise to make certain that Iran recognizes that what it is doing is getting the attention of a lot of people. I don't see any need to increase the number of forces we have in the Middle East at this time. That's not in the cards right now. We always have the capability to do so. But right now I don't think it's necessary. It does no good to ignore it, it does no good to dismiss it.

Mark Dubowitz

This is part of a much broader strategy and merely a sign of coming attractions. The focus is clearly on missile procurement networks and represents a first step in the administration's escalation against Iran's missile program support for terrorism and other malign activities.

Jordan Burroughs

These decisions, these executive decisions, are always so far beyond your reach. Like, you always feel like 'Well, the presidency or these strict laws or these Muslim bans or whatever you like to call them, they'll never affect me.' This is one of the few times where something so personal has occurred. Almost like it (was) handed down from the president to us. It's a bummer. I love Iran. I love their people, and I don't get into politics. I wasn't going to make a political stance. I was going to compete.

Alex Vatanka

Iran right now is playing the Yemen card as part of a larger geopolitical rivalry with Saudi Arabia. That was not thought through carefully. This moment, with the missile, is actually an opportunity for the Trump administration to come out and say, We're not against the people, we're against the policies of the regime that happens to rule Iran today.

Alex Vatanka

The biggest asset for any U.S. president in putting pressure on the Iranian regime is the people of Iran.

Greg Priddy - Global Energy

I think there's still a lot of interest in the industry, but this reinforces our view that the [international oil companies] are going to be very cautious. I don't think you're going to see these move forward to binding contracts and development in the next year or so.

Bob Corker

The administration, thankfully, is going to follow through on appropriately holding Iran accountable for the violations that are taking place.

Naeem Aslam - AvaTrade

It was expected that Trump's administration wouldn't be able to maintain the same relationships which were developed by Obama after years of work. These tensions could make investors a little nervous and we could see the oil market becoming volatile once again. Trump's administration has put Iran on official notice but no one really know what this really means. Nonetheless, we think this news is sufficient to bring more instability for the price of oil, and if the US puts the sanctions back on Iran, it may create more problems for its EU partners.

Art Hogan

It looks like, at least in the early going, the market has shifted its focus from things that are positive, like economic data and earnings, to things that are more confusing like picking fights with Mexico, Iran and Australia.

Bahram Ghassemi

Instead of thanking Iran for its continued fight against terrorism, the American government is practically helping the terrorists by claims about Iran that are baseless, repetitive and provocative.

Ali Akbar Velayati

Iran will continue to test its capabilities in ballistic missiles and Iran will not ask any country for permission in defending itself. Iran is the strongest power in the region and has a lot of political, economic and military power and will not pay any attention to threats from America.

Sanam Vakil - Chatham House

Saudi Arabia's whole premise for entering into the Yemen conflict was to contain Iran.

Clement Therme

This is a real change in U.S. policy ... Trump will hopefully notice that it is al Qaeda and [ISIS] that are the main threat in the region.

Hossein Dehghan

The missile test on Sunday was successful ... the test was not a violation of a nuclear deal with world powers or any U.N. resolution.

Ali Akbar Velayati

This is not the first time that an inexperienced person has threatened Iran. Iran is the strongest power in the region and has a lot of political, economic and military power ... America should be careful about making empty threats to Iran. Iran will continue to test its capabilities in ballistic missiles and Iran will not ask any country for permission in defending itself.

Donald J. Trump

If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS? Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile. Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the U.S. came along and gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion.

Alex Furber - CMC Markets

Worries over the nature of Trump's presidency have overshadowed the figures. Trump has alarmed markets by pursuing a controversial, protectionist political agenda. In his latest performance piece, the new president rattled relations with Australia yesterday and fired strong words towards Iran.

Ali Akbar Velayati

It is not for the first time that a naive person from the U.S. poses threats to Iran.

Michael Flynn

The Obama administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran's maligned actions, including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms. President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama administration, as well as the United Nations, as being weak and ineffective. Instead of being thankful to the United States in these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened. As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.

Ali Akbar Velayati

This is not the first time that an inexperienced person (US President Donald Trump) has threatened Iran... the American government will understand that threatening Iran is useless. Iran does not need permission from any country to defend itself.

Michael Flynn

Iran is now feeling emboldened. The Obama administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran's malign actions – including weapons transfers, support for terrorism and other violations of international norms. President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama administration, as well as the United Nations – as being weak and ineffective.

Donald J. Trump

Iran is rapidly taking over more and more of Iraq even after the U.S. has squandered three trillion dollars there. Obvious long ago!

Michael Flynn

Instead of being thankful to the United States for these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened. As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.

Andy Lipow - Lipow Oil Associates

If the administration makes more and more statements that the Iranians consider to be provocative, the situation might turn into renewed sanctions on Iran or Iran acting in a manner that impacts the oil market in other ways.

Belma Corbo

Unfortunately, we are aware that throughout the history there were periods when Muslim women wearing the hijab had a rough time, or had an easier time. So, today, we are probably in a period when we are under special scrutiny, and it is our duty to present ourselves in a special way, to be as positive as we can. We have to explain to people that this is a very positive story, something that is opening new doors for us, and it's definitely not restraining us.

Michael Flynn

These are just the latest of a series of incidents in the past six months in which Houthi forces that Iran has trained and armed have struck Emirati and Saudi vessels, and threatened U.S. and allied vessels transiting the Red Sea. In these and other similar activities, Iran continues to threaten U.S. friends and allies in the region.

Michael Flynn

The Trump Administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk. President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama Administration, as well as the United Nations, as being weak and ineffective. Instead of being thankful to the United States for these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened. As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.

Michael Flynn

Recent Iranian actions, including a provocative ballistic missile launch and an attack against a Saudi naval vessel conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants, underscore what should have been clear to the international community all along about Iran's destabilizing behavior across the Middle East. Instead of being thankful to the United States for these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened. As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.

Hossein Khoshbakhty

I don't know what I have to do. We ran away from Iran to this country (because there) they do something like this, now we have the same situation here. I'm a U.S. citizen for 15 or 20 years and my brother didn't do nothing wrong in no place in the world and I didn't do nothing wrong.

Michael Flynn

As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice. The Obama Administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran's malign actions – including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms.

Michael Flynn

As of today we are officially putting Iran on notice. The Obama Administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran's malign actions–including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms. The Trump Administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk. President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama Administration, as well as the United Nations – as being weak and ineffective.

Hassan Rouhani

They (the American government) have cried out for many years that they are against the government of Iran and back the people of Iran. Now they proved that their statements, which they have been making for years to be wrong so clearly, they have been thinking differently behind the scenes and have been uttering different words. Because this person (Trump) is a special character, he has removed the mask of hypocrisy and he is showing what they have in their hearts. Today we live in a world of communications.

Haidar al-Abadi

We are studying the [vote] but we are in a battle and we don't want to harm the national interest.

Hassan Rouhani

He (Trump) is new to politics. He has been in a different world. It's a totally new environment to him. It will take him a long time and will cost the United States a lot, until he learns what is happening in the world. Today is not a time for separating nations by walls.

Hassan Rouhani

"It will take him a long time and will cost the United States a lot, until he learns what is happening in the world,"

Hassan Rouhani

He (Trump) is new to politics. He has been in a different world. It's a totally new environment to him.

Hassan Rouhani

Today is not the time to erect walls between nations. They have forgotten that the Berlin Wall fell years ago.

Hassan Rouhani

Today is not the time to erect walls between nations. They have forgotten that the Berlin wall fell years ago. To annul world trade accords does not help their economy and does not serve the development and blooming of the world economy. This is the day for the world to get closer through trade.

Hossein Dehghan

The recent missile test is in line with our plans and we will not let any foreigner meddle with our defense issues.

Hassan Rouhani

Today is not time for separating people. He (Trump) is new to politics. He has been in a different world. It's a totally new environment to him. It will take him a long time and will cost the United States a lot, until he learns what is happening in the world.

Angela Merkel

The fight against terrorism does not justify such general action against particular countries and people of a particular faith.

Hossein Dehghan

The recent test was in line with our plans and we will not allow foreigners to interfere in our defence affairs. The test did not violate the nuclear deal or the (U.N.) resolution 2231.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Iran again launched a ballistic missile. This is a flagrant violation of a Security Council Resolution. In my upcoming meeting with President Trump, I intend to bring up the renewal of sanctions against Iran. Iran's aggression cannot be left without a response.

Javad Zarif

The missiles aren't part of the nuclear accords. Iran will never use missiles produced in Iran to attack any other country. We're not going to wait for others' permission to defend ourselves ... Maybe the new government that has already shown its image internationally will use this against Iran to start new tension.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

If there is an exception, it will be reviewed through the mechanism which has been created in the Foreign Ministry.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

The missiles aren't part of the nuclear accords. Iran will never use missiles produced in Iran to attack any other country. No Iranian missiles have been produced to carry nuclear warheads.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

I'm coming as the defender of the accord, but to be vigilant and explain that they [the Iranians] must be irreproachable. We harbor real concerns about the U.S. administration's attitude toward this agreement. We want this agreement to be respected. It is in the common interest of the international community that it is. France wants to be able to allow a larger number of Iranians wishing to travel to France to ask for a visa in improved conditions.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We will discuss our disagreements, notably on Syria. We had hoped Iran would be less aggressive in the region.

Jim Corridore

We think the President's travel ban could have negative implications for orders from Iran and Iraq. We see these contracts as vulnerable to cancellation, though we also think it possible that the current injunction against the travel ban will be upheld, which could lessen the impact.

Jessica Stern

Sudan, Iran and Yemen officially punish homosexuality with death, and Iraq, a country that has seen killing sprees of people perceived as gay or transgender, has never held a single perpetrator responsible. The governments of Libya, Syria and Somalia punish homosexuality with prison – even up to 10 years. Thanks to President Trump's executive order, LGBTQ people will remain in unsafe environments, they will languish in refugee camps, they will endure violence and some will die.

Rich Bender

Wrestling has shown a long, rich history of transcending politics and participating despite governmental disagreements. That's the beauty of sport and the Olympic movement. It's about competition, not politics.

Rich Bender

We're going to respect the laws and orders of those in leadership positions in government and figure out how to embrace those and work with them to secure proper documentation for athletes to come here and us to go there.

Mark Toner

When actions are taken that violate or are inconsistent with the resolution, we will act to hold Iran accountable and urge other countries to do so as well.

Hamid Farahvashian

The economy is the main factor for most of the Iranian voters ... Rouhani was hoping that the deal with major planemakers will encourage other investors to come to Iran.

Hamid Farahvashian

That is why hardliners are mainly focused on criticising this deal. Basically, Rouhani's political career depends on this deal.

Eric Fleisher

In this case for reasons which I don't quite understand they did not do it for the full season and as a result it expires during the season, which has put them into the crosshairs that they're presently in. We're hopeful that they'll be able to renew. If for some reason they're not able to renew, that there will be an exception made on their behalf to enable them to come back in. If that doesn't happen, then we'll address the contractual aspect of, OK, they have a contract for the remainder of the season, how do we handle that part?

Gati al-Jebouri

We are in active discussions with them with respect to budget cost structure, and subsequently we will start negotiations on contractual terms if the development plans that we proposed are accepted and agreed by the Iranian party. We know that there are still 12 percent remaining and we will be happy to discuss any opportunities with ADNOC for investments by Lukoil in Abu Dhabi.

Dan Shapiro

Israel's challenges with Sinai border not similar to US border. Hard to explain this intervention on a hotly debated issue in domestic US politics. Unless this endorsement is Trump's demand of Netanyahu for something Netanyahu wants, the quid pro quo. But for what? Canceling the Iran deal? Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem? Supporting building in settlement blocs? To me, it looks like Trump is already squeezing Netanyahu hard. The Art of the Deal.'.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

While respecting Americans and differentiating between them and hostile US policies, Iran will take reciprocal measures to protect citizens. Unlike the US, our decision is not retroactive. All with valid Iranian visa will be gladly welcomed.

Hassan Rouhani

"They have forgotten that the Berlin Wall collapsed many years ago,". "Even if there are walls between nations, they must be removed,".

Bahzad Honarjou

They were like a machine when I talked to them today. She was about to cry. She is not able to take (tolerate) a 20-hour flight back to Iran. To have a better life and to make more money. And, you know, for the freedom.

Abbas Kazemi

In 2017 I see about 600,000 barrels per day of oil product exports. That is the plan.

Hassan Rouhani

Today is the time for peaceful co-existence, not the time to create distance among nations.

Donald J. Trump

But developing commercial ties strengthens the moderates in Iran. We want to reinforce them to show the population that the deal is good for them because the radicals won't be able to say that they have got nothing from it.

Romain Nadal

Jean-Marc Ayrault is going to underline the importance that all sides which backed the deal strictly respect their commitments.

Gary Samore

The other P5+1 are not going to support an effort to re-negotiate a deal, if they think it's just a clever way to destroy it.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

The role of the emir of Kuwait in supporting positive neighbourly relations between countries in the region is worthy of praise.

Sabah Khaled al-Sabah

It's necessary that the differing views and misunderstandings between the countries of the region should come to an end in a calm atmosphere and through frank dialogue.

Osama Abu Zaid

We are not opposed to Russia because it is Russia but we had a problem when its jets were participating with the regime in killing our people. If this role ends then we'll have no problem.

Mohammed Alloush

The Russians have moved from a stage of being a party in the fighting and are now exerting efforts to become a guarantor. They are finding a lot of obstacles from (Lebanon's Shi'ite) Hezbollah forces, Iran and the regime.

Osama Abu Zaid

The main obstacle for the success of this conference and these negotiations is the continuation of violations by the Assad regime and the threat of forced displacement in many areas (of Syria). we cannot talk about any progress before changes begin to happen on the ground.

Omar al-Obaidi

They were driving me to be executed and they got distracted so I kicked open the window of the vehicle and escaped. This was a big game by Americans and Iran to ruin Iraq. When Islamic State arrived with a small force the politicians and army ran away. Someone had to be behind them.

Issam al-Rais

The discussion is mainly about the cessation of hostilities. We are discussing the cessation mechanisms, how we implement real cessation, a real ceasefire on the ground.

Sabah Khaled al-Sabah

We are partners in the region and we have many common interests and possibilities. Gulf states have a true desire that relations with Iran are normal and based on international law.

Isabelle Huppert

I think that the film might be disturbing on the surface, but deep inside there is an integrity to the film.

Asghar Farhadi

In terms of making my film, I don't face any difficulty. But when the film is released, notwithstanding its great reception by the public, there is a minority, a very small minority, who attempt to create obstacles. Those kinds of people would even perceive this nomination as some kind of conspiracy.

Martin Zandvliet

It makes a huge difference to be part of that (Academy Award) club.

Osama Abo Zayd - Free Syrian Army

There is no consequence to statements. Our Syrian people in besieged areas do not have internet or social media to read the statements. They only know actions. We have a lot of reservations. ... Iran is still a party trying to effect forced demographic changes and sectarian changes, and it is principally responsible for the violations of the cease-fire.

Osama Abu Zaid

If the guarantors want the success of this meeting they have to do something more on the ground. There are pledges from the Russian side to reinforce the ceasefire in areas where there are continued violations, but we're waiting for more than just statements.

Osama Abo Zayd - Free Syrian Army

The measure of Russia's success in its role as a guarantor is whether it is able to address the challenges of imposing the ceasefire on its allies, the regime and Iran.

Richard Ratcliffe

It is a needless waste of a mother and child's life for their own political bargains and economic interests.

Francesca Unsworth

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has never worked for BBC Persian. She worked briefly for BBC Media Action, our international development charity, in a junior administrative capacity.

Bahram Ghassemi

Let's wait and see how the process can be continued based on conclusions that will be announced on Tuesday.

Yahya al-Aridi

First is the consolidation of the accord signed by Turkey and Russia on the 30th of December, concerning the ceasefire, and making this ceasefire cover all of Syria and at the same time taking care of all the breaches by the regime and Iran, especially in Wadi Barada and Homs and in southern Damascus and other areas in Syria.

Mohammed Alloush

Russia wants to move from a direct party in the fighting to a guarantor and neutral one and this point is being obstructed by the Syrian regime that wants it to fail and Iran that is fighting this with its sectarian militias in Syria.

Mohammed Alloush

It's a real test of the power of Russia and its influence over the regime and Iran as a guarantor of the deal, so if it fails in this role there will follow bigger failures.

Benjamin Netanyahu

This evening there will be a telephone conversation between President Trump and myself. There are many issues between us, including the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the situation in Syria and the Iranian threat.

Jalal Maleki

The total number of those under the rubble, including the firemen, is a maximum of 25. So far, three bodies have been brought out.

Christian Scherer - ATR

We have concluded the negotiations and we should sign the contract imminently.

Abdolreza Rahmani Fayli

Unfortunately this happened very fast and the fire was widespread in the building. Now, the emergency services are cleaning up the debris and rescue operations are ongoing. The most important thing is to leave the scene. The crowd must be evacuated because the danger is not over.

Javad Montazeri

Tehran's mayor presented his report. He said there was a huge amount of debris because of the height of the building. It's been reduced to about three floors. Rescue operations are facing a lot of problems and are going slowly.

Patrick Pouyanne

Plus of course in the Middle East, Iran is back because of the agreement last year - it involved many difficulties around. So there is much uncertainty.

Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf

At least 20 firefighters who were trapped under rubble have died. They are martyrs. They lost their lives when trying to help people.

Richard Nephew

Iran's leaders have probably calculated that ensuring politically connected businesses benefit from sanctions relief will protect the deal.

Peter Harrell

At a policy level I think this is a gap that needs to be closed. As problematic and troubling as some of these deals may appear to be from a policy perspective, on the face of it, there's not a strict legal problem.

Ali Ansari

The economy hasn't been restructured or reorganized. You're recycling wealth through the elite.

Karim Sadjadpour - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Iran increasingly treats Syria as one of its own provinces. They saved Assad from falling, and now seem to feel entitled to help themselves to the Syrian economy.

Samantha Power - United Nations

We on the council need to come together to push Iran to effectively implement the binding provisions of resolution 2231 - especially restrictions that ban Iran's export of arms and related material.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran and Saudi Arabia were able to actually stop impeding the process of the presidential election in Lebanon. We have a success story.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

I do not see any reason why Iran and Saudi Arabia should have hostile policies towards each other. We can in fact work together to put an end to miserable conditions of the people in Syria and Yemen and Bahrain and elsewhere in the region.

John Kerry

I bet you that all of our friends and allies who negotiated this with us would get together and that Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain would say, you know what? This is a good deal, we are going to keep it. And Iran and the rest of world would keep it and we will have made ourselves the odd-person out. We'll have injured our own credibility in conceivably an irreparable way.

Hassan Rouhani

What he said was mainly electioneering. I do not see it likely that this is something that will happen in practice when he enters the White House because it's not a bilateral deal and it's not for him to say if he likes it or dislikes it.

Turki Al-Faisal

This is the message that Mr.Trump has been promoting, what he wants to do for America, he wants to have peace and prosperity.

Hassan Rouhani

There are many countries. You mentioned Iraq and Kuwait. There are eight to 10 other countries in my mind now whose officials have talked to us about this.

Adel Al-Jubeir

I don't see a change in Turkey's position. The fact the Turks are talking to Russians is not a concern. Turkey has people on ground in Syria and has direct contact with the Syrian opposition on ground.

Thierry Koskas - Renault

Our strategy of product range renewal and geographic expansion, under way for several years now, has proven to be successful. It enables the Groupe Renault to progress significantly in terms of volume and market share in every region.

Adel Al-Jubeir

The objective is to arrive at a cease-fire and move on to the political process. Let us test it. So far it has not succeeded. If it does, then we go down the political path, but that does not mean we abandon the moderate opposition.

Adel Al-Jubeir

The objectives we want to achieve are the same. We may have disagreements on how to get there, but we do not disagree on what needs to be done, and that will not change.

Adel Al-Jubeir

Our relationship with Iran is tense and it is in function of its aggressive and hostile policies. It would be wonderful to live in peace and harmony with Iran, but it takes two to tango. We cannot be subject to death and destruction and expect to turn the other cheek. We tried, but it did not work.

Osama Abo Zayd - Free Syrian Army

If Russia doesn't live up to its promises after phase one, Russia, Iran and the regime will be the main cause of fighting in Syria.

Barack Obama

I don't think it caused a major rupture in relations between the United States and Israel. If you're saying that Prime Minister Netanyahu got fired up, he's been fired up repeatedly during the course of my presidency, around the Iran deal and around our consistent objection to settlements. So that part of it wasn't new. And despite all the noise and hullabaloo – military cooperation, intelligence cooperation, all of that has continued.

Adel Al-Jubeir

We are optimistic about the incoming administration and look forward to working with it in all areas that are a concern for both of us. We will look at the Trump administration's view as articulated. Wanting to restore America's role in the world, we welcome this. Wanting to defeat ISIS (Islamic State), absolutely. Wanting to contain Iran ... absolutely.

Abbas Araqchi

There will be no renegotiation and the (agreement) will not be reopened. Nuclear talks with America are over and [that Iran has] nothing else to discuss.

Abbas Araqchi

We and many analysts believe that the (agreement) is consolidated. The new U.S. administration will not be able to abandon it.

Abbas Araqchi

Nuclear talks with America are over and we have nothing else to discuss. It's quite likely that the U.S. Congress or the next administration will act against Iran and imposes new sanctions.

Alex Vatanka

What excites them is what Trump will do in a place like Syria, what Trump might be willing to do in the so-called campaign against terror in the Middle East.

Karim Sadjadpour - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

You could easily see a scenario whereby in the next few months Iran does something provocative in the Middle East, Congress and the new Trump administration respond with new sanctions and Iran says, Well, you've just abrogated your end of the deal, so therefore we're going to recommence our nuclear activities.

Alex Vatanka

They've proven again and again they're willing to provoke the U.S. to score points domestically. Up to this point, they've gotten away with it in terms of not paying the price for it.

Alex Vatanka

He might take delight in the fact that they label him 'Mad Dog Mattis' but there's nothing mad about Gen. Mattis.

Mehdi Khalaji

All of the candidates you hear about who could replace Khamenei are much more hardline and have more radical views.

Mehdi Khalaji

The individual is no longer important. When I get asked who's going to replace Khamenei, I say it's the Revolutionary Guards.

Abbas Milani

They have been putting all the pieces in place for a very forceful show of force if Khamenei passes away. They're seizing every day one more lever of intelligence power, financial power, police power. Clearly they're putting their forces in play.

Ali Ansari

They're going to be very happy. They're shedding a lot of crocodile tears. They'll be absolutely pivotal.

Farhad Parvaresh - Iran Air

Everything has been done according to the international regulations and rules up to now. We hope that nothing special happens to end this contract.

Mark Cancian

The other thing he has going for him is that he may be a restraint on some of Trump's more extreme impulses. The concern that people would have is OK, you vote down Mattis, who do you get?

Richard Fontaine - Center for a New American Security

He has a reputation as a leader of exceptional integrity who inspires his subordinates and speaks truth to power.

Mike Pompeo

This is the most complicated threat environment the United States has faced in recent history.

John Leahy - Airbus Group

I think that whether or not Trump would have done this deal had he been president is immaterial. The fact is the deal was done, it looks like the Iranians are honouring the deal, these aren't military aircraft, they're civil aircraft, it improves safety in Iran and both Boeing and Airbus will be creating more jobs, so I believe that the Iranians will honour their commitment and I would think the US will continue going through as they are issuing the licences.

John Leahy - Airbus Group

If you ask me whether I'll be worried about China five years from now, I'd say no, 10 years from now I'd say no. But if you ask me if I'd be worried about China as a competitor 20 years from now I would tell you that China will be one of the big three manufacturers of aircraft 20 years from now.

Linda Jackson

2016 was the year where we were at the lowest point in term of our product cycle. When we introduced the new C3, the best-seller for Citroen, at the end of 2016, we started to see the volumes increase.

Abbas Araqchi

Iran explained its concern on the extension of the Iran Sanctions Act ... as being an reintroduction of sanctions. I think the joint commission took Iran's concern very seriously. No.

Mehdi Khalaji

The unexpected death of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani could be the first scene in Iran's nascent leadership transition theatre , whose subsequent acts are probably yet to be written.

Reza Babaei

I am here to say goodbye to a man who dedicated his life to making Iran better. He founded the university in my city and developed our region when he was in power.

Nima Sheikhi

I rarely attend religious ceremonies, but I am here as an Iranian who cannot forget Rafsanjani's contribution to developing the political sphere in favour of people in recent years.

Alan Jeffries

These are all legal activities complying with the sanctions at the time. We didn't feel they were material because of the size of the transactions. They (Infineum) have an independent management that operates the entity. And it's not a U.S. entity.

Josh Earnest

The United States does not know what the intentions of the Iranian vessel were, but the behavior is not acceptable. These types of actions are certainly concerning and, certainly, risk escalating tensions when it is our view that we should look for ways to deescalate tensions.

Giorgio Cafiero

Oman needs the economic cooperation that Iran has pledged ... The two countries' planned subsea gas pipeline is an important part of the sultanate's plans for economic improvement.

Tawfiq al-Lawati

With Saudi Arabia we do sometimes have disagreements and with Iran too. But there is still more bringing us all together.

Ahmed al-Mukhaini

It might even give Oman more leverage, more space, to play a better role in this coalition and the region. By joining the coalition Oman is shielding itself from criticism from Saudi Arabia.

Tawfiq al-Lawati

We hope Oman will stick to the same policies. A full-blown conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia would be a disaster for everyone.

Jeff Davis - Navy

It's somewhat out of character, recently anyway, from what we've seen from Iran.

Hossein Alaei

There was not one event that took place in the years after the revolution in which Hashemi Rafsanjani didnt play a decisive role. And during all the problems after the revolution he was a reference and a refuge.

Javad Montazeri

Here in the presence of his supporters and on Tuesday, January 10, in front of the University of Tehran, everyone will make their final farewells.

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

The title of Islamic Republic is not just a formality. Rest assured, if one of those two aspects is damaged we will lose our revolution. If it loses its Islamic aspect, we will go astray. If it loses its republican aspect, (the Islamic Republic) will not be realized. Based on the reasons that I have offered, without people and their vote there would be no Islamic system.

Robert Menendez

Finding loopholes to make lucrative business deals with geo-political adversaries, while showing no clear regard for U.S. national interests, is not a resume builder for a prospective diplomat-in-chief. This is one of the many issues I look forward to hearing more about during the upcoming confirmation hearings.

Hassan Hanizadeh

Over the past 37 years, Rafsanjani always tried to pave the way for better ties with regional countries and the West.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Rafsanjani's viewpoints were always road-paving for us in the foreign policy field.

Hamid Reza Shokouhi

Now, with about six months to the next presidential election, there are so many pressures on Rouhani's administration. Rafsanjani could manage it, if he were still alive.

Donald J. Trump

Those ballistic missiles, with a range of 1,250 miles, were designed to intimidate not only Israel ... but also intended to frighten Europe and someday maybe hit even the United States. We're not going to let that happen.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I am very concerned by this statement, which suggests that transfers of arms and related materiel from the Islamic Republic of Iran to Hezbollah may have been undertaken contrary (to a Security Council resolution).

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

Since 16 January 2016, I have not received any report on the supply, sale, transfer or export to the Islamic Republic of Iran of nuclear-related items undertaken contrary to the (resolution).

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

In a televised speech broadcast by Al Manar TV on 24 June 2016, Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, stated that the budget of Hezbollah, its salaries, expenses, weapons and missiles all came from the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Lindsey Graham

He's going to be the defender of the free world here pretty soon. All I'm asking him is to acknowledge that Russia interfered, and push back. It could be Iran next time. It could be China.

Reza Jafarzadeh

The registration has been done, and the delivery should be by the end of the week.

Maziar Rezaei

I don't know who is going to fill his place. He kept Iran safe from hard-liners for so long.

Saeed Karimi

He was a revolutionary and freedom-seeking cleric who stuck up for the peoples' votes. It is such a pity that the nation has lost a political leader and guide.

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Our basic doctrine was always for a peaceful nuclear application, but it never left our mind that if one day we should be threatened and it was imperative, we should be able to go down the other path. But we never went.

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr

He's a man with a marked taste for power. He's a political animal. He's a man who makes people laugh. It's a great art. He makes Khomeini laugh. He uses this to gain his objectives ... He's not brilliant as an organizer and he doesn't have too many original ideas, but he's a manipulator and he's intelligent.

Munir al-Sayal

Iran and the Assad regime are exploiting the fragile ceasefire to seize liberated areas around the capital before the start of the Astana negotiations.

Bob Corker

To tear it up on the front end, in my opinion, is just not going to happen.

Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi

Sadeghi has ... ended his hunger strike. The representative of the prosecutor met with Sadeghi several times, during which he was told to end the hunger strike. He believes his wife has been treated unjustly, but such measures complicates her case. There are legal ways to protest the sentence.

Mazen Bilal

Turkey, as one of the parties in the agreement, will have a direct influence on the rebels.

Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan

The final version of the contract will be reviewed, and if there is no problem, it will be signed by both sides.

Mevlut Cavusoglu

Regarding the agreement that will be signed by the regime, there is nothing final on whether Russia will be the only guarantor to sign it or whether it will be signed by Iran as well. But it is agreed that Russia will be a guarantor.

Mevlut Cavusoglu

Russia and Turkey are guarantors in the agreement being worked on in Ankara. There is nothing final on whether Iran will sign it as a guarantor... All foreign fighters need to leave Syria. Hezbollah needs to return to Lebanon.

Andrey Kortunov

There has been a move toward a compromise. A final deal will be hard, but stances have shifted. A couple of names in the leadership have been mentioned [as potential successors].

Tony Brenton

It's a very big prize for them if they can show they're out there in front changing the world. We've all grown used to the United States doing that and had rather forgotten that Russia used to play at the same level.

Tony Brenton

The real flesh in the game the Turks have, and the fear they have, is of an autonomous Kurdistan emerging inside Syria that would have direct implications for them.

Dennis Ross

I doubt this will end the war in Syria even after Aleppo. Assad's presence will remain a source of conflict with the opposition.

Abbas Farajpour Alamdari

In the past three days, more than 12 warnings have been issued to aircraft from outside the region to refrain from approaching the airspace of the manoeuvre area.

Ahmad Heidari

This is tragic to me. I have lost 20 percent of my purchasing power with this exchange rate because all prices are going up harshly.

Saeed Leilaz

Their products become more competitive. This is good for Iranians who wanted to export their product to the global markets.

Hassan Salimi

The government believed that it could sell a barrel of oil from $65 to $70 in 2017, but now it is certain that the price of oil will stay around $50. Therefore, to make up for the deficit, it has increased the exchange rate.

Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan

The final round of talks will be held with ATR representatives (next) week and we expect the IranAir contract to be signed ... in the following week. The purchase of 20 planes has been finalised and Iran may buy 20 more planes.

Bijan Bidabad

The inflow of foreign currency to the country is not as much as the government expected after the nuclear deal.

Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan

Boeing has announced that its IranAir contract is worth US$16.6 billion. However, considering the nature of our order and its choice possibilities, the purchase contract for 80 Boeing aircraft is worth about 50 percent of that amount. The final round of talks will be held with ATR representatives (next) week and we expect the IranAir contract to be signed ... in the following week.

Gholam-Reza Manouchehri - National Iranian Oil Company

The Chinese have finally accepted this proposal. There have also been talks with Sinopec regarding the Yadavaran field for which an international tender is set to be held.

Fabrice Bregier - Airbus Group

This is a landmark agreement not only because it paves the way for Iran Air's fleet renewal. Our overall accord includes pilot training, airport operations and air traffic management so this agreement is also a significant first step in the overall modernisation of Iran's commercial aviation sector.

Sergey Lavrov

Iran, Russian and Turkey express their readiness to act in favour and become guarantors of the agreement that is being prepared and negotiated at the moment by the Syrian government and opposition. The three call on all the other countries that have influence on the situation on the ground to do the same.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

We need to find a political solution, which supports the principles of respect of the territory's sovereignty and of Syria's national unity. So we have to accept the reality, which is that the only solution to ending the war is a political solution.

Dennis Ross

The opposition finds little reason to be responsive to us and Assad. The Russians and Iran know that there is nothing we will do to raise the costs to them of their onslaught against Aleppo and other Syrian cities. Russia, having changed the balance of power on the ground, without regard to civilian consequences, has moved to make itself an arbiter.

Vladimir Putin

A crime has been committed and it is without a doubt a provocation aimed at spoiling the normalization of Russo-Turkish relations and spoiling the Syrian peace process which is being actively pushed by Russia, Turkey, Iran and others. We must know who directed the killer's hand. There can be only one response – stepping up the fight against terrorism. The bandits will feel this happening.

Mohsen Ghamsari

If the deal is signed we are ready to sell 100,000 barrels of crude oil to Eni.

Farhad Parvaresh - Iran Air

The nominal value of the contract for purchase of 118 planes from Airbus is $25 billion dollars, but the Airbus proposal to sell A380 has been cancelled so that the value of the contract with Iran Air will not exceed $10 billion.

Farhad Parvaresh - Iran Air

Both they [Boeing] and we were willing to reach the conclusion sooner, and fortunately it took place before the new government [in the U.S. takes office]. Both sides are committed, and there are scenarios in the contracts for violation of commitments or in case of force majeure to deal with those cases.

Munir al-Sayal

Russia has failed to restrain the sectarian Shi'ite militias in Aleppo to complete the deal and Moscow should abide by its commitments. There are still civilians in Aleppo who need to be evacuated in harsh weather conditions and Russian statements that besieged Aleppo is empty is absolving itself from following up on the agreement.

Munir al-Sayal

These sectarian militias are responsible but we warn them the safety of our people in Aleppo is the priority and all options are open towards achieving that goal.

Munir al-Sayal

Iran and its sectarian proxies are using the humanitarian situation of our people in besieged Aleppo and preventing civilians from leaving until the evacuation of their groups in al-Foua and Kefyra.

Barack Obama

For years, we've worked to stop the civil war in Syria and alleviate human suffering. It has been one of the hardest issues that I've faced as president. Responsibility for this brutality lies in one place alone, with the Assad regime and its allies, Russia and Iran, and this blood and these atrocities are on their hands.

Donald Tusk - European Council

Faced with the brutality of the Syrian regime and its supporters, notably Russia and Iran, we are not as effective as we would like to be but we are not indifferent to the suffering of the Syrian people. We will exert pressure on other global players who are present in Syria using all available diplomatic channels.

Josh Earnest

This is a message that if the United States Congress blows up the deal that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, they will have to deal with the grave consequences that ensue.

John Kerry

Extension of the Iran Sanctions Act does not affect in any way the scope of the sanctions relief Iran is receiving under the deal or the ability of companies to do business in Iran consistent with the JCPOA.

John Kerry

(The) Extension of the Iran Sanctions Act does not affect in any way the scope of the sanctions relief Iran is receiving under the deal or the ability of companies to do business in Iran consistent with the JCPOA.

Avigdor Lieberman

Working "to prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah.

Ed Royce

Don't be fooled by Tehran's rhetoric. Iran is the only party that has broken terms of the deal.

Ali Rabii

The deal has been finalised with Airbus to buy seven planes. The delivery of the planes will start in May.

Mevlut Cavusoglu

We see that the regime and other groups are trying to prevent this [evacuation deal]. There are Russia, Iran and groups supported by Iran and the Syrian regime. Nobody should put the blame on others when dealing with a humanitarian issue.

Mevlut Cavusoglu

There was an understanding as of yesterday, and within that was first the evacuation of civilians ... We see that the regime and other groups are trying to prevent this. We are continuing our meetings. We will speak with (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei) Lavrov and the Iranian foreign minister again today.

Osama Abu Zayd

It is clear that the Russians can't get Iran to abide by the deal.

Federica Mogherini - European Union

The priority now, in these hours, is to protect civilians, guarantee them safe and monitored transit to a place of safety. This is particularly the responsibility of the Syrian government and its allies.

Samantha Power - United Nations

To the Assad regime, Russia and Iran -- three member states behind the conquest of and carnage in Aleppo -- you bear responsibility for these atrocities.

Mevlut Cavusoglu

We see now that the regime and other groups are trying to obstruct this (deal). This includes Russia, Iran, forces supported by Iran and the regime.

Alexander Novak

The creation of a Russian-Iranian Islamic bank was discussed. Our banks are exploring the mechanism, the related decision has not been made yet.

Bijan Namdar Zanganeh

OPEC and non-OPEC countries have concluded that in order to keep the market in good health and restore balance between supply and demand, they have to play an active role. The market has felt this, and there is a real demand and will for that to happen.

Benjamin Netanyahu

There are ways, various ways of undoing [the deal]. I have about five things in my mind.

Bijan Namdar Zanganeh

The talks between the two countries' leaders were essential and very significant in this matter.

Farhad Parvaresh - Iran Air

We are now negotiating over the financing of the first three planes... We are trying to get first five airbus planes before March 2017.

George Mitchell

[The] president-elect has said he's going to tear up the Iran agreement. I hope he doesn't. I think that would be a profound error. It will contribute to upheaval in the region, and possibly involve the United States militarily even more deeply.

Jacob Parakilas - Chatham House

It's difficult to see the advantage for the U.S. in abrogating the deal at this stage. It would be nearly impossible to convince Europe, Russia and China to restore their sanctions on Iran in the absence of clear evidence of Iranian violations of the deal. So any sanctions the U.S. restored would have much less impact on the Iranian economy.

Jacob Parakilas - Chatham House

It may be possible in time to build up support for a multilateral restoration of sanctions. But at the moment that's just not really the case - and ending U.S. participation in the deal right now would make it more, not less, difficult.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I think Iran didn't rush to the bomb before there was a deal. No, because they were afraid of retribution.

Hossein Dehghan

Even though a businessman, the assistants that ... [Mr Trump] has chosen may map a different path for him, and this has led to unease, particularly among Persian Gulf countries. Considering Trump's character and that he measures the cost of everything in dollars, it does not seem likely that he would take strong action against our country.

Rand Paul

I'll do anything to try to prevent John Bolton from getting any position because I think his world view is naive. He still believes in regime change. He's still a big cheerleader for the Iraq War. He's promoted a nuclear attack by Israel on Iran. He wants to do regime change in Iran.

Scott Modell

In the meantime, the transition team is going to ramp up pressure on Iran, but it's not deal-killing pressure.

Scott Modell

They have realized we better not get too far down this road until we figure out exactly what Trump is going to do, and I think that's why they bought 6 to 12 months with this sort of thing.

Scott Modell

The Iranians, as long as they can keep the U.S. isolated in the corner, barking really loud against Iran, but continue to do business with the Europeans and everybody else, they're fine.

Hassan Rouhani

America cannot influence our determination, this nation's resistance and its struggle. America is our enemy; we have no doubt about this. The Americans want to put as much pressure on us as they can.

Thomas Blades - Bilfinger

It's not just the oil and gas industry that make the country attractive for us. There is also high demand for environmental technology.

Thomas Blades - Bilfinger

With Trump, a businessman is coming to the helm who wants to support the economy and continue projects. And all that in sectors in which we are active.

Thomas Blades - Bilfinger

First we have to stabilize the company and create efficient structures. When earnings and cash flow are at the right level, we will build it up and expand, organically and through targeted acquisitions.

Hassan Rouhani

The U.S. is our enemy. They want to put pressure on us as much as they can. Whatever plans he has, it will be revealed later. He may desire to weaken the nuclear deal. He may desire to rip up the deal. Do you suppose we will allow this? Will our nation allow this?

Homayoun Falakshahi

These preliminary agreements could mark a strong sign of confidence towards the sustainability of the nuclear deal. These preliminary agreements come at the right time for President (Hassan) Rouhani, who can leverage on the nuclear deal bearing fruits for Iran's economy despite Trump's election.

Mark Toner

It's not a formal treaty. But of course – and of course, no one else can prevent any other party to this agreement from walking away. The counterargument to that is: Why would anyone walk away, because it's effective?

Hisham al-Hashemi

The government agreed to Iran's request, thinking that it would take a long time for the Hashid to get to the road to Syria, and during that time the escape route would be open and the battle would still proceed as planned.

Hisham al-Hashemi

The first plan had the shape of a horseshoe, allowing for the population and the militants to retreat westward as the main thrust of the offensive came from the east.

Hisham al-Hashemi

The battle has taken a different shape since then - no food, no fuel is reaching Mosul and Daesh (Islamic State) fighters are bent on fighting to the end.

Hisham al-Hashemi

Iran has no interest here. The majority of these statements are mere analysis - they are simply not true.

Scott Efflandt

The opening and closing of that corridor, hypothetically, realistically, did not fundamentally change the plans of the battle. It changes how we prosecute the fight, but that does not necessarily make it easier or harder.

Scott Efflandt

They've got 15 years of war (experience)... I can't think of anyone more calibrated to make that decision and as a result that why as a coalition we supported the government of Iraq's decision. The opening and closing of that corridor, hypothetically, realistically, did not fundamentally change the plans of the battle. It changes how we prosecute the fight, but that does not necessarily make it easier or harder.

Hisham al-Hashemi

The Iraqi army and popular forces must defeat it in Mosul, otherwise, they will be obliged to move to eastern Syria in order to fight the terrorist group.

Mark Toner

The only snapback I'm aware of is obviously the snapback provision that allows us to put back in place very quickly nuclear-related sanctions.

Hassan Rouhani

Some man has been elected in the US. Any plans he might have will be revealed later on. We will continue our own path. He may desire many things. He may desire to weaken the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action); he may desire to rip up the deal. Do you suppose we will allow that? Will our nation allow that?

Hassan Rouhani

[Trump] wants to do many things, but none of his actions would affect us ... Do you think the United States can rip up the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal)? Do you think we and our nation will let him do that?

Wang Yi

Maintaining the deal's continued, comprehensive and effective implementation is the responsibility and common interest of all parties, and should not be impacted by changes in the internal situation of each country.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. That has not changed and will not change. As far as President-elect Trump, I look forward to speaking to him about what to do about this bad deal.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I oppose the deal because it doesn't prevent Iran from getting nukes, it paves the way for Iran to get nuclear weapons. The problem isn't so much that Iran will break the deal but that Iran will keep it.

Benjamin Netanyahu

He (Trump) has a clear vision of America's role in dominance in the world. I don't think he's going to put the world aside, I don't see that at all. In fact, I think the contrary is true.

Benjamin Netanyahu

The problem isn't so much that Iran will break the deal, but that Iran will keep it because it just can walk in within a decade, and even less ... to industrial-scale enrichment of uranium to make the core of an arsenal of nuclear weapons. So the problem how to deal with this deal is something that I will discuss with ... President Trump when he takes office.

Hassan Rouhani

We are committed to an acceptable implementation of the deal, but in response to noncommitment, violation, or hesitation in its implementation, we will act promptly.

Hassan Rouhani

America's president is obliged to exercise his authority by preventing its approval and particularly its implementation ... and if this gross violation is carried out we will firmly respond.

Bahram Ghassemi

The American government is responsible of carrying out its international commitments ... The U.S. president has accepted to use its authority to prevent such measures.

Bahram Ghassemi

The two Iranians are lawyers who had gone to Kenya to provide their jailed Iranian clients in Kenya with legal counseling. Police arrested them as they returned from a meeting with their clients in prison.

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling. You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.

Jim Himes

The Republicans not only seek to scuttle that deal with all of the implications, but they do it by stopping an American company from selling a flagship American product around the world.

Denny Heck

I don't know how people sleep at night knowing this would place American manufacturing at a disadvantage, thereby allowing foreign competitors to take away these jobs, but also because we are telling Iran that the nuclear deal is off.

Howard Rubel - Jefferies

From an economic standpoint, we're actually hurting ourselves. If we're trying to put America first, the House vote puts America last.

Howard Rubel - Jefferies

These are some of the highest valued jobs in America. People are voting this on an emotional basis as opposed to being logical.

Bijan Namdar Zanganeh

We were firm. The call between Rouhani and Putin played a major role ... After the call, Russia backed the cut.

François Nicoullaud

We can't say that we know his policy, but what we do already know is Fillon's attitude, his state of mind towards the big questions raised in the Middle East. And it was felt that he had a fairly original position compared to that of the government or even his competitors in the centre-right primaries. He has, shall we say, adopted a stance that is more open to seeking pragmatic solutions rather than taking positions of principle which, in his view, tend to block situations.

John Brennan - Homeland Security

It could lead to a weapons programme inside of Iran that could lead other states in the region to embark on their own programmes.

Khalid al-Falih

We have agreed to a waiver from a cut to Iran in recognition of the impact of the sanctions on their economy and their industry.

Jonah Leff

This report provides evidence suggesting Iran is playing a hand in supplying weapons to the conflict in Yemen.

Helima Croft - BC Capital

Once again, it seems (Mohammed bin Salman) has decided Iranian participation in a cut is mandated. If he sticks to that position, it doesn't lift off tomorrow. I think a cut was never on the table for Iran. Is this just a hard line tactic? Are they trying to get the maximum concession?

Helima Croft - BC Capital

Will there be a deal? I think yes. There will be some type of optic where it looks like Iran does something.

Helima Croft - BC Capital

Everyone is just digging in. They're certainly injecting a lot of drama into this ... The only way to get a deal is to exempt Iran and get it done ... Iran is not going to be producing 4 million barrels a day in 2017. Iran is basically tapped out at this point.

John Kilduff - Again Capital

I think it's a reason for Iran in particular, not to do a deal. If they are expecting a revision of the nuclear deal, a re-tightening of the sanctions or even just unilaterally, it's going to make life difficult for them again. You saw the talks break down. The Iranians were accusing the Saudis of reneging on some big promises. I assume they were reneging on Iran being exempt from the cuts.

Michael Cohen

Something's got to give here, and the recipe for Saudi Arabia and Iran to come to the table and put something together is getting more difficult. We should all prepare for big oil price gyrations in the next few days.

Daniel Yergin

I think there's a 70 percent chance they'll get an agreement. That's how I rate it. If it breaks down, it will be much more over Iran than Iraq. All of them are feeling the revenue pressures. The market is rebalancing, but it's taking longer than expected.

Daniel Yergin

If it breaks down, it will be much more over Iran than Iraq. All of them are feeling the revenue pressures. The market is rebalancing, but it's taking longer than expected.

Francisco Blanch - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Effectively their worst case scenario for next year, which is keeping supply where it is today, probably just became their best case. I don't see a lot of ... international companies going into Iran, a lot of financial institutions going into Iran, given all the uncertainty as to what a new Trump administration with a Republican clean sweep is going to do to Iran.

Patrick Pouyanne

When I take a decision to sign an accord with Iran on the eve of the election of Donald Trump, I do that knowing that I'm potentially exposing about $1 billion of the company's funds to risks. But I do so knowing that in the $150 billion that we manage, that risk is acceptable.

Wolfango Piccoli

We still believe that we aren't going to see a full reversal of the deal with Iran. It's not just a US-Iran deal. This is a P5 deal so there's only so much damage that can be done on the front by a new US president.

Mike Wittner - Société Générale

The biggest potential impact of Trump's presidency on the oil markets may well be geopolitics, rather than energy or environmental policy. Specifically, if he does tear up the Iran nuclear deal and - more to the point - unilaterally reimpose US financial and banking sanctions on Iran, that would once again reduce Iran's crude exports by making it very difficult for customers to pay Iran.

Rodrigo Azeredo

The U.S. government feels almost obliged to update its partners on the sanctions on Iran. They want to show that Iran can benefit too from the nuclear accord.

Danny Danon - United Nations

It is clear that Iran is still the primary supplier of arms and related material to Hezbollah, in blatant violation of numerous Security Council resolutions. The Security Council must condemn Iran and Hezbollah for the violation of its resolutions.

Omid Kordestani - Twitter

Among the many flaws of this idea is the reality of people's beliefs and faiths irrespective of where they are born. For example, I actually went to an Italian Catholic school in Iran. I respect all religions but do not practice any and only believe in science!

Hamid Farahvashian

The IRGC will gain more power at least until the dust settles after Trump's win ... the atmosphere in Iran will be militarised because of more power that will be provided to the IRGC. Uncertainty over Trump's Iran and regional policies, Iran's presidential election in May and economic hardship that might lead to street protests will force the establishment to give more power to the IRGC.

Mohammad Ali

The IRGC-linked companies cannot compete with the foreign firms. Therefore, they will want a limited presence for foreign firms in Iran.

Barack Obama

I am not optimistic about the short-term prospects in Syria. Once Russia and Iran made a decision to back Assad in a brutal air campaign and essentially a pacification of Aleppo, regardless of the potential for civilian casualties, children being killed or wounded, schools or hospitals being destroyed, then it was very hard to see a way in which even a trained and committed moderate opposition could hold its ground for long periods of time.

Yukiya Amano - International Atomic Energy Agency

Iran has ... made preparations to transfer a quantity of heavy water out of the country. Once it has been transferred, Iran's stock of heavy water will be below 130 metric tonnes.

Richard Aboulafia - Teal Group

In the here and now, Iran maybe has the ability to absorb and finance at most a quarter of the aircraft.

Carl Higbie

It is legal. They say it will hold constitutional muster. I know the ACLU is going to challenge it, but I think it will pass. We've done it with Iran back a while ago. We did it during World War II with Japanese. Call it what you will, maybe wrong.

Ed Royce

Its expiration would compound the damage done by the president's dangerous nuclear deal and send a message that the United States will no longer oppose the destructive role of Iran in the Middle East.

Avi Dichter

They view Hezbollah positively as the errand lackey of Iran in Syria and Lebanon, (and) they are backing the Shi'ite militia activity in Iraq and Syria. Russia does not view Iran and its proxies according to the level of threat they pose or broadcast towards Israel.

Ben Rhodes

We certainly know the positions that were taken throughout the course of the campaign. We will, of course, fully continue to implement our commitments under the Iran deal and under the Paris agreement. We will fully brief the incoming team on those agreements. And you all have heard us repeatedly discuss the benefits of those agreements on American national security.

Helima Croft - BC Capital

Iran has ramped up. Iran is back to pre-sanctions levels, but can Iran do much more without foreign investment? And this is where the Trump election becomes very, very important.

Helima Croft - BC Capital

I think it will give them pause before going back in there, because the contract terms aren't great. It's not the easiest place to do business. So you have to choose between Iran and the U.S. – I still think you're picking the U.S.

Andrew Tabler

I think it is going to be fluid. Remember a lot of the Republican foreign policy folks in Washington will probably go into this government, and they have very strong feelings about Iran and about the Assad regime, so I don't see a situation where the United States suddenly cozies up to Assad.

Hesam Modir

He seems to favour conflict. But today, after the nuclear deal, I don't think America will have any effect on Iran, good or bad.

Mark Toner

It's important to note that Iran made no effort to hide this. They're taking immediate steps to address it.

Olivier Jakob - Petromatrix

There are a lot of unknowns about what will be the Trump position in the geopolitics of the Middle East. President Obama from the start of his election worked towards a detente with Iran and we can't be sure that President Trump will continue in the same direction.

Philippe Sauquet

We have always said that we are interested in returning to Iran on condition that the investments that are proposed to us are sufficiently attractive and knowing that for us, it was out of the question to do anything that would contravene international rules. The election that took place in the United States does not change anything.

Reza Sardari

With Trump's victory, major and even medium-size foreign companies, banks and other investors will be more cautious ... to invest in Iran. This will harm the economy just when we were hoping to attract foreign investors.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We are going to need to understand what the new president will want to do. What is going to happen to the Paris climate change deal? On the Iran nuclear deal? These are key questions that we are already asking ourselves.

Patrick Pouyanne

Naturally we have engaged discussions with Iran on this topic. So, let see if we can conclude a satisfactory deal for all the parties.

Rudolph Giuliani

This is a president that has probably been the worst president of my lifetime. I mean, deals with Iran, Iraq. He took over a world that was relatively stable and he leaves us with a world that's in chaos.

Chris Weafer - Eurasia Group

All the big players are hovering around Iran, but in the shadows. We are absolutely aware that everybody is engaged at some level. It's because the prize is too big not to be engaged.

Justine Walker

What we will see is gradual movements (by banks into Iran). Unless the U.S. lifts primary sanctions, there is not going to be a set day ... banks will get to that stage at different times.

Emanuele Ottolenghi

By letting Mahan in, the Europeans are forgoing a critical pressure tool they have in their arsenal of nonmilitary coercive measures to pressure Iran and (Syrian President Bashar) Assad.

Ehud Barak

I do not underestimate the risk of Iran for a moment. I just keep thinking strategically and concretely. Israel is the strongest country, and I say [that] not just as political position, but as matter of professional judgment.

Miswin Mahesh - Barclays

Besides the Saudis, no other country has actually come out and said we will also cut. The other GCC members might. Iran has said they don't want a fixed number; they need a percentage number which is a moving target as well. So it's a very, very complex and it's just getting harder by the day.

Jeffrey Halley

With both Iraq and Iran saying they won't be part of the cuts for various reasons, and Russia talking freezes not production cuts, the onus will fall on Saudi Arabia to pull any deal together. OPEC's Nov. 30 meeting suddenly seems like a long way away with seemingly half of the group wanting exemptions now.

Jeffrey Halley

With both Iraq and Iran saying they won't be part of the cuts for various reasons, and Russia talking freezes not production cuts, the onus will fall on Saudi Arabia to pull any deal together.

Kevin Donegan

It's not something that's going to come with an instruction manual. We think that Iran had some hand in this.

Roxanna Hulea - Société Générale

We are seeing broad-based weaker momentum in EM and a few stories are compounding that, including the tabling of the budget in South Africa, and that is spilling over to the (Turkish) lira. The drop in oil prices as well, because that undermines the performance of the commodity exporters; the rouble, Mexico and Brazil as well. The freeze in output is not coming through as expected, with a lot of defectors such as Iran and Iraq.

Kevin Donegan

Either US ships or coalition ships ... intercepted four weapons shipments from Iran to Yemen. We know they came from Iran and we know the destination.

Donald J. Trump

What we should do is focus on ISIS. We should not be focusing on Syria. You're going to end up in World War Three over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton. You're not fighting Syria any more, you're fighting Syria, Russia and Iran, all right? Russia is a nuclear country, but a country where the nukes work as opposed to other countries that talk.

Bob Dudley - BP

Iran is a large oil and gas province ... but we don't have any specific contracts right now. We're going to have to be very careful. We don't want to violate any sanction.

Donald J. Trump

Iran should write us yet another letter saying thank you very much because Iran as I said many years ago Iran is taking over Iraq. Something they wanted to do forever but we made it so easy for them. So we're now going to take Mosul and you knows who is going to be the beneficiary? Iran.

Masood Ahmed - International Monetary Fund

The big challenge for Iran is can you sustain that 4-to-5 percent growth over the medium term, or is it just a one-time increase you get? They can, but they have to move on addressing some of the other constraints in their economy.

Mark Toner

We remain especially concerned by reports of his declining health and well-being. We join recent calls by international organizations and U.N. human-rights experts for the immediate release of all U.S. citizens unjustly detained in Iran, including Siamak and Baquer Namazi, so that they can return to their families.

Ted Kwong

Pat Toomey has proven he will stand up to his own party for Pennsylvania families, like on gun safety, fighting corporate welfare, or ending the Wall Street bailouts once and for all. Katie McGinty can't name a single disagreement with her party, whether it's the reckless Iran deal or thousands in new middle-class tax hikes.

Ellen Wald

If Iran actually has had more oil in offshore storage than [some analysts] report, it could mean that Iran's production levels are less than otherwise believed and that its exports over the last few months have come from stored oil.

Shahrzad Rafati

I grew up in Iran and at a time where content was rationed … it was three TV channels. Because of that, as I was growing up I really wanted to make sure that I play a part in democratizing video content and really empowering storytelling. We live in a day and age where individuals can actually directly impact an audience.

Jorge Mariscal

The demand (for bonds) will be there, provided the price is right. They can get a little bit better pricing as a result of a (oil) deal with Russia and Iran, and more response from OPEC members in general but it will not be materially different. I think there is still quite a bit of uncertainty in the oil market, even if a deal is reached. There are other issues … it will make a marginal difference.

Pierre Andurand - Andurand Capital Management

There will be a quota. They spoke about a range of 32.5-33 million bpd, with Libya, Nigeria and Iran allowed to go back up. If production from Libya goes up, say, then the other OPEC producers will have to cut production to make space.

Christophe Salmon

Iran is a very promising country for many companies including ourselves. But so far what we have done since the sanctions were lifted, it's really small.

Vladimir Putin

The only problem as of today is (getting) agreements between Saudi Arabia and Iran. (Their) positions have got significantly closer.

Tamar Essner - Corporate Solutions

The decision to 'agree' to anything without commitment from Iran is a departure, and it shows that the exclusive focus on market share has probably run its course in terms of effectiveness, but today's news on price cuts shows that they will continue to flex their muscle as one of the largest and lowest cost producers.

John Kerry

There are several countries that actually can help come together, and I urge Russia, China, Pakistan, India and Iran to think about the special role that they could play in this region in order to make a major difference ... in reaching peace with the Taliban.

Phil Flynn

It's kind of a light volume day and we're moving from headline to headline, but still Iran telling Venezuela that all countries are going to have to join this production cut is gaining traction because there are many who want to believe this deal will get done. There's already a soft commitment from Russia that it will be part of the OPEC plan and if more non-OPEC members get on board, prices can only go higher.

Yukiya Amano - International Atomic Energy Agency

The deal is being implemented since January without any particular problem. There was a small incident in February: the stock of heavy water very slightly exceeded the limit set - 130 tonnes. But we immediately signalled that to Iran which took all the necessary measures.

Mark Toner

Given these circumstances, the imposition of this prison sentence is particularly harsh and unjustified and we call on the government of Iran to provide Mohammadi with adequate medical care and to release her on humanitarian grounds.

Kathy Lien - BK Asset Management

With profits being squeezed the battle for market share can't go on and this deal ushers in a new period of co-operation between OPEC nations and specifically between Saudi Arabia and Iran. While we wouldn't be surprised by some back-pedalling between now and November, this is a historic moment and one that should have a lasting impact on the Canadian dollar.

William Jackson - Capital Economics

The Saudis are quite happy to keep oil prices low to squeeze out high cost producers and it doesn't want to do anything that will benefit Iran. It's unlikely we will see something that will fundamentally alter the outlook for oil prices.

Jim McCaughan

They will produce (oil on demand) because many of those oil producers need the cash…Look at Russia, look at Iran, they need the cash and they're going to do what they need to do to get that cash.

Asim Jihad

Iraq is leading a mediation to bring the viewpoints of Saudi Arabia and Iran closer, in order to get out of the crisis and support oil prices. There are still some obstacles preventing an agreement.

Hussein Sayed

Markets are still unconvinced that an agreement will be reached with Iran downplaying yesterday the chances of OPEC and non-OPEC producers sealing a deal to curb output.

Ernest Moniz

The sanctions that were to be relieved have been relieved. That's what was the commitment. That has happened. The consequences of that in terms of how many companies make foreign direct investments in Iran is not for the government to decide, that's for companies to decide.

John Kilduff - Again Capital

Iran will never agree to that, and the Russians are skeptical. It's falling apart right before our eyes.

Mansour Hadi

We shall extract Yemen from the claws of Iran, we shall raise the Yemeni flag over every foot of our precious Yemeni soil and we will lay the foundation for a just federal state.

Mansour Hadi

We tell the whole world in very clear terms that extremism and sectarian terrorism sponsored by Iran in the region has created and will create a terrorism counter to that. We decided to move the central bank to the interim capital, Aden, in order to save what we could save so that the bank would not reach zero reserves.

Amrita Sen

It is the closest OPEC has come to a deal in a long time but of course challenges remain and the elephant in the room is Iran and to a certain extent Iraq.