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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.”
Speaking at UN meeting on disarmament, Iranian president says the only way to prevent use of nukes is to eliminate them entirely
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.”
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.
PM doesn’t want anyone easing the pressure until there’s real change in Tehran’s nuclear program. But it’s a stance that isolating Israel, while Rouhani leads his country in from the cold
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ministers aren’t alone in their skepticism of Tehran’s newly friendly face. But Jerusalem’s refusal to consider giving the Iranians a chance to prove their sincerity, and to do as little as possible to acknowledge the ostensible goodwill gestures — as underlined by the Israeli delegation solo boycott of President Hasan Rouhani’s UN speech on Tuesday — threatens to isolate Israel rather than the Islamist foe it so mistrusts.
Jerusalem is well aware of this. Netanyahu knows he’s “spoiling the party,” an official told The Times of Israel with striking candor. But the prime minister, said the official, sees a “moral obligation” in insisting that Iran be measured by deeds not speeches, in urging the world not to be misled by empty rhetoric.
At least 44 dead in Iran bus collision
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s state TV says at least 44 people died when two intercity buses collided on a road south of the country’s capital, Tehran.
The accident happened late on Monday when one of the buses swerved into the opposite lane due to a flat tire, colliding head-on with the other bus. Both buses caught fire.
The TV says 44 people were injured in the accident. They were taken to hospital in the city of Qom, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Tehran.
Iran has one of the worst road safety records in the world. Statistics say that more than 20,000 people lose their lives in road accidents every year in the country.
The high toll is blamed on disregard of traffic rules, unsafe roads and poor emergency services.