In a speech marking the Iranian revolution’s 41st anniversary, President Rouhani assessed that “America and Zionism [ie, Israel] are the sworn enemy of this nation and revolution”, adding that “America tells us you should go back to 41 years ago and our people say that we will not go backwards… this enmity for the past 41 years has manifested in different forms, but the path of our revolution is the same as the first day”. He further stated: “there are some times we need to choose between this or that, but in many instances, we must not choose. Either resistance or diplomacy, no, both of them; either interaction with the world or resistance, no, both of them. Either self-sufficiency or trade with the world, no, both of them”.
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