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President speaking at Student's Day ceremony in Semnan University of Medical Sciences:

Constructive criticism beneficial for country’s present, future/If we are to stand up to US, injuring and being injured can’t be avoided/Good or bad, FATF the infrastructure of financial relations with world banks

President described the dynamism of student movement as the fruit of three idealist students and said, “Authorities are the representatives of our society’s current reality and students are the representatives of the better future, and freer and more prosperous Iran”.

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Speaking at Student's Day ceremony in Semnan University of Medical Sciences on Tuesday, Dr Hassan Rouhani stated, “Constructive, caring criticism is beneficial for country’s current situation and future”.

The President also said, “Even if we don’t have artful enemies like the US and the Zionist Regime, running affairs and projects like Healthcare Reform Plan won’t be easy”.

Stating that the battleground has pressure and hardships, he continued, “If we are to stand up to the US, injuring and being injured cannot be avoided. We have to prepare ourselves and endure the hardships”.

“Of course, we have never had 100% trust on America and others,” he said, adding, “Our trust has always been relative”.

He also went on to say that throughout the history of negotiations, like those with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, we didn’t need to have full trust in the other party, referring to the nuclear negotiations that led to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying, “These negotiations were carried out with all authorities taking part, including the government, the Supreme Leader, the parliament and the Guardian Council, and we did this all together, and it was the correct thing to do”.

Stating that, “JCPOA cleared the way for oil, businesspeople and banks, pouring investment into country,” he continued, “Before JCPOA the world used to condemn Iran; today, the world is condemning the US”.

He also referred to the contracts secured with TOTAL, saying, “Our oil minister know how to secure a contract with TOTAL. There was another Chinese company alongside TOTAL that has taken over the work after TOTAL’s withdrawal”.

“If you think that America is victorious, you should know that today, Iran is victorious and Trump has failed,” he said, adding, “Trump failed in the United Nations Security Council”.

President Rouhani continued, “Last year, the United States asked for negotiations with Iran 8 times directly and this year, 3 times indirectly, but we did not accept their invitation to protect people’s dignity”.

“Iran is after independence and freedom and is not afraid of sanctions and we will stand up to the enemies together. We have to join hands and stand together,” he continued.

He also mentioned the issue of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and said, “What we have today is 4 bills on money laundering and financing of terrorism. The heads of the three branches have approved the four bills. The solution is transparency. Good or bad, FATF is the infrastructure of financial relations with world banks”.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also went on to say, “Today is the test day for all of us, and we must stand against conspiracies, problems and inflation together”.

President Rouhani also said, “Our country is not in critical situation, but it is very hard. We have many problems and issues”.

 Dr Rouhani continued, “I have come to visit students to listen to their criticism freely”.

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