Rouhani told Parliament the foreign minister’s primary goals should be to stand by the nuclear deal and attract foreign investment. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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Iranian lawmakers Sunday approved 16 Cabinet members nominated by recently re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, including the first defense minister unaffiliated with the elite, hard-line Revolutionary Guard in 25 years. Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said 16 of 17 proposed ministers were approved, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who negotiated the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. However, Hatami told Parliament that he is committed to advancing Iran's ballistic missile program, which has drawn Western sanctions.In July, Iran launched a rocket capable of carrying a satellite, a move that provoked international condemnation, including from France, Britain and the U.S. All three countries were among the world powers that reached the nuclear deal with Iran.Rouhani urged Hatami to improve ties between the Iranian army and the Guard while using modern technology for improving the country's arsenal.
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