Some observers got used to describing Rouhani as Irans’s “moderate” president who presents an “opportunity” to make arrangement with the Iranian regime.

However, they are missing one important detail. The hierarchy of power in the Iranian regime gives the Supreme Leader the absolute power to control politics, especially foreign policies. That said, the not-so-moderate president has been showing his true colors recently. After all, as I said in some previous articles, he is one of the pillars of the mullahs’ regime and a student of Khomeinism. A few days ago, Rouhani promised that Tehran would continue to produce missiles for defensive purposes, noting that this was not a violation of any international agreements-- the usual narrative. But when Rouhani addressed the Iranian Shura Council, he said “we will not hesitate to produce and store any defense weapons to ensure the interest of the Iranian people and the security of our territory; we have produced missiles and will continue to produce them as they do not violate international laws and Resolution 2231.”

So Iran is pursuing its nuclear and missile program with disregard to regional and international concerns.

If it was a hard-line IRGC commander who spoke this way, it wouldn’t be surprising. But the words came from the President, who represents Iran in the international scene, that his country does not care about international norms and treaties for non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

In his speech, Rouhani stressed his country's commitment to the nuclear accord and that it will continue producing what he called “defensive” weapons for the interest of the Iranian people.

How would weapons benefit the Iranian people who are living in deteriorating conditions marked by poor development indices and a stagnant economy? Are long-range ballistic missiles defensive? Are the Iran-backed Houthi, Hezbollah and other militias in Iraq and Syria?

Last February, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said he was thankful to Trump for showing America’s “true face.” The true face of his sectarian regime, we already know it, but we should thank President for making it clear that in such regime, no one is moderate.

The Iranian regime is made up of a group of loyalists to Khomeini’s idea of governance, each of whom is assigned a given political role. No plurality allowed. The regime promotes its State ideology as an absolute “truth.”

Aside from my interpretation of Rouhani’s statement, the president recently rejected what he called divisions among Iranian officials. In a desperate defense of the Revolutionary Guards, he strongly criticized the US measures taken against the IRGC, considering them as targeting the Iranian regime as a whole, and that the US policy of promoting the moderate ones by targeting the hard-liners is a waste of time.

Rouhani's statements did not come on the spur of the moment or to express national alignment to defend the revolution as some observers believe. He also echoed last year’s statements made by the IRGC commanders (they bragged controlling four Arab capitals) when he said no big decisions are taken in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, North Africa and the Gulf without taking the Iranian position into account. Rouhani showed his true colors. He, General Qasim Soleimani and other Iranian politicians are products of the same supremacist, hegemonic system.