Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Iranian FM scorns Trump after speech, arms deal

Iranian FM scorns Trump after speech, arms deal

Even as the president pledged to work alongside Middle Eastern nations, he put the onus for combatting terrorism on the region.

Trump did not hesitate to single out Iran in his speech.

During the campaign, Trump had called for a ban of all Muslims entering the United States. Yet Trump may still need to engage in some delicate diplomacy following revelations that he disclosed highly classified intelligence Israel obtained about the Islamic State with top Russian officials, without Israel's permission.

Speaking in the Saudi capital Riyadh, he said the fight against extremism was not "a battle between different faiths" but "a battle between good and evil".

Donald Trump signed an £84billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia yesterday on his first presidential foreign visit.

He notably refrained from using the phrase "radical Islamic terror", which had been a staple of campaign speeches and which he had chided predecessor Barack Obama for refusing to utter.

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The Iranian president championed a nuclear deal with the United States and five other major powers in 2015 that led to the lifting of most sanctions against Iran a year ago, in return for curbs on its nuclear programme. They have been met with legal challenges.

Trump promised "that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit cooperation and trust".

The announcement came from the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim as the Trump family visited Saudi Arabia. He also dismissed "Islamists" as the "footsoldiers of evil", with no religious legitimacy, effectively putting distance between Islam and the ideology that fuels terrorist groups like ISIS. He also is scheduled to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy.

"We did not know terrorism and extremism until the Khomeini revolution reared its head", he said. "It is also a police state that beheads opponents", Riedel said.

"If you look at what's happened Al-Qaeda Hezbollah, Hamas and so many others must be counted not only in the number of dead but it must be counted in generations of vanished dreams", Trump said. "That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds".

Speaking during his first visit to Israel as U.S. president, Mr Trump said there is strong consensus on these issues among the world's nations, including many in the Muslim world.

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