Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on February 6, 2018, to mark the 39th anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution. AFP / ATTA KENARE
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Iranians have political, economic and social demands that 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.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.Even many of his supporters say he has failed to deliver the sweeping social and economic change that Iranians say they want.At his news conference, Rouhani said the youth were now the majority in Iran and had a right to speak out. Separately, Rouhani said Iran would not pull out of a landmark 2015 agreement with world powers under which Tehran agreed to curbs on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.
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