Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Iran President Hassan Rouhani says missile tests will continue 'if necessary'

Iran President Hassan Rouhani says missile tests will continue 'if necessary'

"He considered that the Arab kingdom has shown numerous scenarios and must take into account that in the fight against terrorism, 'pouring the nation's funds to the superpowers never solves the problem", referring to the agreement for 110 billion dollars to buy American weapons.

In his first official visit overseas since he took office, Trump visited Saudi Arabia, which is now suspending diplomatic ties with Iran, and concluded a ¥12-trillion arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Earlier Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi called on Washington to abandon its "warmongering policy, intervention, Iranophobia and sales of unsafe and useless weapons to the main sponsors of terrorism", according to state-run Press TV.

He also expressed support for Lebanon's Hezbollah group, saying that the group is backed by Lebanese people.

Rouhani says that Iranians are "waiting for this government to be civil" and that "hopefully, things will settle we could pass more accurate judgments".

Iran and Saudi Arabia are fighting multiple proxy wars in the Middle East, most notably in Yemen and Syria.

"The Americans do not know our region".

'The problem is that the Americans do not know our region and those who advise U.S. officials are misleading them'.

The conservative elements of Iran's political make-up accuse Rouhani of being too soft on the West and allowing Washington to maintain certain sanctions against Iran and imposing new ones.

"On the intensified anti-Iran rhetoric of U.S. officials, the chief executive said Washington has never benefitted from employing a hostile approach toward the Islamic Republic".

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In a speech to Arab Muslim leaders in Riyadh on Sunday, Trump singled out Iran as the world's biggest sponsor of terrorism.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also noted that Trump's recent anti-Tehran remarks were aimed at "milking" Saudi Arabia.

"It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America", he said, and called for its worldwide isolation.

Rouhani, a cleric whose administration struck the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers, decisively won a second term in Friday's election.

Municipal councils govern across Iran's major cities down to its smallest villages, with members serving four-year terms.

New French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Rouhani for his re-election on Saturday and said this reinforced the hope his government would apply the worldwide nuclear agreement.

"Our missiles are for our defence and for peace, they are not offensive. We don't need their permission". Despite the controversy, experts such as human rights activist and Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, believe either presidential candidate would have upheld the nuclear deal.

"But the foundation of power is national strength and this only happens through elections", Rouhani said. If you're going to get those sanctions lifted, you'd have to change a lot of Iranian policies.

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.

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