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Iranian President: Opponents Of Iran Deal Couldn't Find Us On A Map

| by Meg O'Connor
Iranian President Hassan RouhaniIranian President Hassan Rouhani

When he doesn't have anything else going on, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani occasionally tunes in to the Republican presidential candidates debates, just for laughs, Rouhani told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Sunday.

"Sometimes, when I would have time, some of [the debate] was broadcast live and I would watch it -- some of it was quite laughable. It was very strange, the things that they spoke of," Rouhani said to CNN through an interpreter.

"Some of them wouldn't even know where Tehran was in relation to Iran. Some of them didn't know where Iran was geographically, not distinguishing that one is the capital of the other. So what they spoke of was quite far away from the truth. So the people of Iran were looking at it as a form of entertainment, if you will, and found it laughable."

The United States Congress was unable to block the implementation of a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers that aimed to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for ending many of the sanctions that have long wreaked havoc on the country's economy.

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However, several Republican presidential candidates, including Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee, have vowed that they would get rid of the deal should they be elected.

In a recent CNN GOP debate, Texas Senator Ted Cruz said that he would "rip to shreds this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal."

Rouhani told CNN that, were the United States to renege on the deal, America's cerdibility would be ruined abroad, while Iran would still followthrough on it's end of the deal.

"Can a government become a signatory to an international agreement and then the subsequent government tear it to shreds? This is something that only the likes of Saddam Hussein would do," Rouhani said. "Saddam Hussein, previous to attacking Iran in 1980, did sign an agreement with Iran and then tore it to shreds himself and then attacked Iran."

"So any government that replaces the current government must keep itself committed to the commitments given by the previous administration; otherwise, that government, that entire country, will lose trust internationally and no longer have the type of needed trust to operate in the international arena."

"I think most of these are political slogans at best," Rouhani concluded.

Sources: WYFF4 Greenville via CNN, TIME

Photo credit: CNN