Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran

28 May 2017, 02:14 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran

Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran

"The US leaders should know that whenever we need a missile test because of a technical aspect, we will test", Rouhani said in a news conference on Monday.

On Saturday night, Iranians poured into the streets by the hundreds of thousands to celebrate the re-election of President Hassan Rouhani, whose message of opening up to the West helped him to trounce a hard-line challenger. President Rouhani won 23.5 million of Iran's total 41 million votes, his next nearest rival winning only 15.8 million votes.

Meanwhile Trump's call for Israelis and Palestinians to "make a deal" has drawn praised mixed with a healthy dose of scepticism.

The nuclear agreement Mr Rouhani's government reached with global powers in 2015, under which most worldwide sanctions have been lifted in return for Iran curbing its nuclear programme, is likely to remain safe.

"Unfortunately, Americans have always made mistakes in our region", Rouhani said.

The Trump administration agreed last week to roll over sanctions waivers on Iran's oil industry and crude sales.

Minister Al-Jubeir criticized Iran for conducting destabilizing actions throughout the region, including in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon.

"The problem of terrorism will not be solved with meetings and by giving a nation's money to a superpower", President Rouhani noted, referring to Saudi Arabia's arms deal with the US.

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Rouhani made a point to stress that Trump's visit came amid Iran's presidential election, saying that such elections "are not in their (Saudis') dictionary". Given the importance of the Guards to the clerical leadership, few Iranians harbour high hopes that Rouhani will to fulfil all his promises. "They should have polling stations in place for the people and let the rulers not be on a hereditary basis". On Sunday, Saudi King Salman described the Shiite regime in Iran as "the spearhead of global terrorism".

Trump´s remarks were his latest salvo against Iran since starting his first foreign trip after taking office.

Rouhani had also promised and still promises greater political freedoms and civil liberties in Iran - even pushing for the release of some reformist politicians from house arrest.

The spokesman finally underlined that Iran, as a democratic and stable state, enjoys popular support, and would not change its policy of seeking peace and calm, respecting good neighborliness, and fighting against violence and extremism.

"For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror".

Iran has accused the USA of selling arms to "dangerous terrorists" in the Middle East - a day after President Donald Trump signed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The Trump administration in February sanctioned more than two dozen people and companies in retaliation for a ballistic missile test, warning it had put the Islamic Republic "on notice".

"'This is why we must finish the construction of the North-South highway as soon as possible", Voskanyan said. "We will not wait for them and their permission".



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