Rouhani: Iran not a threat, wants interaction with world

Apr 07, 2016, 5:00 AM EDT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday his country was not a threat to any other nation and that it wanted interaction with the rest of the world, state TV reported.

Reuters writes:

Rouhani's comments stand in contrast to statements from Iran's top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has ruled out any further rapprochement with the United States since the conclusion of a historic nuclear deal that ended years of Iran's political and economic isolation. The deal, reached with six major powers in 2015, led to Iran curbing its nuclear program in exchange for lifting of sanctions in January. A standoff between Rouhani's government, which saw the deal through, and Khamenei's hardline allies who opposed it, has intensified in the past few months.