Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference at the presidency compound in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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Iranians have political, economic and social demands which must be heard, President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday, one of his clearest statements of the right to air grievances since demonstrations were put down violently in December and January.In late December, demonstrations which began over economic hardship spread to more than 80 Iranian cities and towns.The protests were the biggest challenge to Iran's leadership since Rouhani, considered a relative moderate, took office in 2013 promising to deliver greater openness and economic reform.Separately, Rouhani said that Iran would not pull out of a landmark 2015 agreement with world powers under which Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of most international sanctions.
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