TEHRAN — Hard-line protesters hurled eggs and a shoe at President Hassan Rouhani of Iran as he returned to Tehran on Saturday after supporters cheered him for reaching out to President Obama.
Mr. Rouhani was standing in his car, waving through the sunroof as he passed supporters at the airport. But moments later, security guards tried to shield the president with an umbrella as protesters threw eggs and a shoe at his car while others blocked the road by praying on the pavement.
“Long live Rouhani, man of change” the president’s supporters shouted, as a small contingent of police struggled to control the crowd.
The hard-liners responded by shouting “our people are awake and hate America.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday cast the world’s attention away from his country’s unsanctioned nuclear program and called on Israel to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and put its suspected nukes under international control.
Speaking at a UN General Assembly meeting on nuclear disarmament, Rouhani said, “Almost four decades of international efforts to establish a nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle East have regrettably failed.”
“No nation should possess nuclear weapons,” he said, adding ”As long as nuclear weapons exist, the risk of their use, threat of use and proliferation persist. The only absolute guarantee is their total elimination.”
Rouhani urged Israel to become a signatory to the treaty which attempts to rein in the production and proliferation of nuclear weapons.
“Israel, the only non-party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty in this region, should join thereto without any further delay,” Rouhani said.