A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him speaking during an economic forum in Tehran on August 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO/IRANIAN PRESIDENCY WEBSITE
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President Hassan Rouhani's remarks 24 hours earlier were aimed at hard-line conservatives who have bridled at his efforts to improve relations with the West and secure a nuclear deal.But denouncing his opponents prompted a backlash from dozens of MPs who signed a letter demanding that Rouhani come to parliament to explain himself.According to another MP quoted on Iranian media, parliament Speaker Ali Larijani told a closed meeting that Rouhani's words were "indefensible and unacceptable".A moderate whose tenure has so far focused on economic and foreign policy, Rouhani said Iran faces three phobias abroad: Iranophobia, Islamaphobia and Shiaphobia.
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