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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, June 14, 2014 (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi).

Iran’s Rouhani Stokes Domestic Backlash With Attack on Critics

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

In an address to Foreign Ministry officials on Aug. 11, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did not hold back his frustration with critics who have regularly slammed his administration’s nuclear negotiations with the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, known as the P5+1. Sharply deviating from his usual calm and moderate tone, Rouhani told his critics to go “to hell.”

“Some people deliver slogans but they are political cowards and as soon as there is talk of negotiations they say ‘we’re trembling,’” Rouhani said. “Go and find a warm place for yourselves,” he added. “God has made you fearful and trembling.” ...

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