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Some of Iran's older friends, including Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, also arrived for the ceremony, which came two days after Rouhani was officially sworn in by the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

President Rouhani, who had a landslide victory in May this year will be sworn in for his second term in office.

Rouhani's speech took place soon after US President Donald Trump signed the bill passed by Congress on new sanctions against three countries, including Iran.

Iran, which has been accused of exposing sectarian fault lines in the region, especially in Yemen, Syria and Iraq, tried to soften its rhetoric as Rouhani said there should be greater unity between Shiites and Sunnis and that they had coexisted side by side peacefully for hundreds of years.

The inauguration ceremony will be held on August 5 at the Iranian parliament with the presence of high-ranking officials of various states, including 8 Presidents, 19 parliamentary speakers and 92 high-ranking global delegations.

"Iran will not be the first to violate the nuclear deal... but nor will it stay silent when the United States fails to respect its commitments", he told the packed parliament hall.

"The world should know that any breach of the deal will face a unified reaction of the Iranian nation and government".

Among the guests were European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who has vowed to continue building ties with Iran despite mounting pressure from the United States to keep the Islamic republic isolated.

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Rouhani defeated hard-line conservative Ebrahim Raisi in Iran's May 19 election after garnering 57 percent of the vote.

The EU will safeguard the nuclear deal "with determination", Mogherini said, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

New US sanctions have emboldened Rouhani's hardline opponents, who say he should never have trusted the United States. Iran maintains that he Security Council resolution endorsing that deal does not ban ballistic missile activity.

Last month the U.S. announced new sanctions over Iran's missile programme and alleged support for terror groups.

The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, was absent despite attending Rouhani's last inauguration in 2013.

Rouhani's own supporters have expressed concern over his inability to include women as ministers in his new cabinet because of pressure from religious hardliners.

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