Iran's president criticizes US after Trump's sharp words

by Garry Watts May 29, 2017, 8:59
Iran's president criticizes US after Trump's sharp words

Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, his first foreign destination as president, was framed by the ruling Saudi monarchy as a fundamental shift in USA policy away from the goal of improved relations with Iran that had been sought by the administration of President Barack Obama.

22 de mayo de 2017, 15:51Tehran, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Donald Trump visited a country with no concept of elections and whose people have never seen a ballot box, reasserted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani today, rejecting criticism of the United States president and the Saudi king.

The Americans do not know our region. He met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem and said in a statement after the meeting that Israel and Muslim nations have a growing realization that they share a "common cause" of combating "the threat posed by Iran".

Gulf Arab states expressed support for the deal, but also fears that the lifting of sanctions would enable Tehran to pursue destabilizing policies in the Middle East.

Trump also criticized Iran earlier in the trip for spreading "destruction and chaos" throughout the region.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, 68, was re-elected for a second term with 57% of the vote in presidential elections last Friday, promising better relations with the rest of the world and more jobs for Iran's youth.

"Today, we have come before the high spirit of the late Imam to report him that "As you always predicted, said and believed, people's power and presence everywhere can untie knots", said the President. He then spent two terms courting Iran in pursuit of his nuclear deal while downgrading relations with the Gulf Arabs, Israel and Egypt. Mr. Trump's weekend meetings and Sunday speech show he is reversing that tilt as he tries to revive US alliances and credibility in the Middle East.

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Mr Rouhani also said Iran would continue its ballistic missile programme, which has been heavily criticised by the Trump administration.

In a tweet following the speech, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused Trump of ignoring Iran's democratic credentials to "milk" Saudi Arabia of billions of dollars.

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian over the weekend congratulated President Rouhani on his victory in the presidential election, emphasizing the friendly nature of Yerevan's relations with Tehran. "American officials should know that whenever we need to technically test a missile, we will do so and will not wait for their permission".

"Who can say regional stability can be restored without Iran?" "Our missiles are for peace and for defence", he said.


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