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Hassan Rouhani, a cleric and former nuclear negotiator for Iran, officially replaced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has endorsed the election of Rouhani, who was an Islamic activist prior to the 1979 revolution. Two days before his inauguration, Rouhani reportedly said that Israel "is a wound ... on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed"; state media later claimed he was misquoted.
President-elect Rowhani said Iran's economy has contracted for the first time since the 1980s and that inflation is now at 42 percent. Israel is urging the US to intensify its sanctions against Iran. Russia, backed by China, has blocked a UN report that accused Iran of violating UN sanctions by conducting missile tests and shipping weapons to insurgents in Yemen; the move prevents the UN from imposing new sanctions on Iran at present.