Cowardice against world powers is forbidden, Rouhani says

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.6

By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says abject flexibility against world powers is forbidden.

Addressing people in the southwestern city of Shahrekord, Rouhani said: "As the supreme leader has outlined, we will have heroic flexibility, and any cowardice against big powers is forbidden," Iran's Fars news agency reported on Aug. 6.

"While the big powers had unjustly blocked assets of [Iranian] people, we pulled $7 billion out of their hands. This is the first step. The world knows that threat and sanction are no longer effective," Rouhani said.

In Sept. 2013, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a meeting with some commanders and veterans of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said that he endorses "wise" and "correct" measures in domestic and foreign policies, noting "I agree with what I called heroic flexibility ... because this move is very good on some occasions and is necessary."

However, he added in being flexible, a hero should not forget the "nature" of his opponent and objectives.

Khamenei also said that he's "not opposed to proper diplomatic motions," adding that diplomacy should be associated with "heroic flexibility".

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