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"America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars".
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Hassan Rouhani (born 12 November 1948) is the seventh President of Iran since 2013, serving under Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Entering office as a pragmatic moderate in notable contrast with his extreme predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rouhani loosened his country's notoriously shaky relationship with the United States, claiming that its nuclear system is entirely peaceful and agreeing on a deal with the west. Whether this is out of a genuine desire to open up or out of Pragmatic Villainy is a hotly debated topic.

Rouhani was born Hassan Fereydoun and changed his surname to a word which meant "cleric", though it is a mystery when he decided to change it. He was a supporter of the Iranian Revolution and was arrested several times by the Shah. During the Iran–Iraq War, Rouhani served as the deputy commander of war and the commander of the Iranian Air Defense. In 1999, he led the crackdown against student protests and served as the first Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council. In the same year, he received a Ph.D, though the thesis may or may not have been plagiarized.

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In 2013, Rouhani was elected President of Iran, replacing Ahmadinejad. There he looked to temper relationships with the west (or as he says), and acknowledged the Holocaust whereas his predecessor was a denier. He also expressed a desire for nuclear disarmament, calling on Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains suspicious and refused to sign it. There seemed to be growing optimism in Iran...at least until 2018, when the new President of the United States Donald Trump revoked the deal. Anti-Americanism returned to the country and dissatisfaction towards Rouhani was brought along.

Throughout world politics, Rouhani is a pretty polarizing figure. His supporters believe him to be a genuine Only Sane Man and Nice Guy who wants to see him as a reformer in contrast with the Ahmadinejad years, while his opponents claim that he is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who is Not So Different from the rest of the Iranian elite and hides his cruelty and oppressiveness behind a Cool Old Guy facade. Especially as his brother Hossein was arrested for multiple cases of corruption...

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