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Iran's nuclear energy chief, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davan, said the country's uranium enrichment program would continue at its current pace, despite the election of Hassan Rowhani to succeed President Ahmadinejad in August. Abbasi-Dayan also said refinement work at the underground Fordow facility would not change. Israel has warned that pressure on Iran over its nuclear program must not lessen under the new administration.
A senior Iranian official said calls by Sunni clerics such as Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi for jihad in Syria are fueling terrorism in the region. He also claimed that Iran was providing only "economic, political and media support" to Syria, not military aid to the Syrian army, and that Hezbollah was in Syria only to protect Lebanese in Syria from violence and guard the Lebanese-Syrian border.
Hassan Rouhani, a "moderate" cleric and former chief nuclear negotiator, won the presidential election by a just over 50% majority, avoiding a runoff challenge. Rouhani has promised to ease sanctions on Iran and was recently endorsed by reformist candidate Mohammad Reza Aref, who pulled out of the race on June 11. In August, Rouhani will take over from President Ahmadinejad.