Rouhani takes on Trump

Rouhani takes on Trump

Rouhani takes on Trump

At a news conference in Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate cleric who has sought to open up Iran, said his victory Friday over a hard-line conservative challenger showed that Iranians had exercised a democratic choice.

Rouhani was responding to Trump's controversial statements he made during a visit to Israel on May 22.

It has said it backs Trump's call to strengthen the monitoring of the deal, but has reassured France's commitment to its implementation, including the lifting of sanctions.

"Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon - never ever - and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias", Trump said in Jerusalem.

The conservative candidate Raisi has claimed, during the campaign, that he is the voice of the poor; but it seems poorer Iranians have trusted Rouhani, instead, as they believe he is the only one capable of terminating the sanctions. "Iran has chosen the path of engagement with the world", Rouhani said in his victory speech, touting to voters the continuity of his policies. But the United States has long accused Iran of supplying missiles and other support to terrorist groups, and a year ago, the Shi'ite terror organization Hezbollah confirmed that it receives virtually all of its financial backing, as well as missiles and other weapons, from Iran.

Schreck is a regional news director for The Associated Press, overseeing coverage of Iran and six Gulf Arab countries. "We are waiting for the government to be well established so we can pass judgment", Rouhani said.

Terrorism is fought on the frontlines in Syria and Iraq, Rouhani said at a press conference. "Unfortunately, Americans have always made mistakes in our region", he continued. "Our enemies, the United States, and the Zionist regime (Israel) are naturally upset and get angry at our missile production, tests and underground missile facilities because they want Iran to be in a weak position", Hajizadeh announced on Thursday. "In Syria, they made mistakes, and also in Yemen".

U.S. President Donald Trump's antagonistic stance toward Iran is worrying.

"Clearly it's going to be hard to back down on some of this stuff", said Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies program at Stanford University.

But in a reminder of the worldwide pressure that Iran faces, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said yesterday Teheran must stop supporting armed groups in Syria and Iraq that destabilise the Middle East if it wants good relations with the West. Who can say the region will experience total stability without Iran?

In that address, Trump also took aim at Iran, accusing Tehran of contributing to instability in the region. Many however, interpret both of the aforementioned initiatives, at least in part, as being both out of a shared concern between Israel, the Gulf States and the U.S. of a rising Iran. "We will not wait for them and their permission".

Rouhani added: "Our missiles are for peace, not for attack".

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