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Iran's Election Signals Reset with the Rest of the World

Iran's Election Signals Reset with the Rest of the World”

President Trump visited Saudi Arabia on his first trip overseas this weekend even as Iran re-elected Hassan Rouhani in a sham presidential vote.

Visiting Saudi Arabia on Sunday, the controversial American leader singled out Iran as a key source of funding and support for militant groups in the Middle East, sending an unhelpful and unwanted message to Tehran the day after Rouhani won a second presidential term.

"I do not think the American people are ready to trade the lives they lost in September 11 with billions of dollars gained through weapons sales", Rouhani said.

Moazzami said the multilateral nuclear agreement that brought sanctions relief to Iran was paying off nonetheless.

Trump has threatened to try to renegotiate the deal, which saw Iran accept curbs on its contested nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of some global economic sanctions.

Addressing his first press conference after being re-elected as Iran's president, Rouhani said that Tehran has always favoured good ties with the regional and worldwide countries.

Signing of arms deals worth $109 billion was announced coinciding with Trump's visit, including the supplying of THAAD missile defense systems and upgrading of Saudi military capabilities, symbolizing the commitment by the Trump Administration to the Saudis and United States allies in the region. The missile launches have been condemned by the Trump administration and Israel.

"When they attacked Afghanistan, they made a mistake".

During his Saudi Arabia visit, Tillerson on Saturday said he hoped Rouhani's re-election would prompt changes in Tehran's approach to "terrorism and human rights".

He said Iran welcomed better relations with its regional neighbours and pledged to fulfil his campaign promises of opening Iran to the world and delivering freedoms to the Iranian people.

"We are waiting for the new USA administration to reach a mental stability".

"Yesterday, you said "No" to those who wanted us to return to the past", Rouhani told Iranians in a televised victory speech.

He added that it was Iran's allies in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq that had been leading the fight against the Islamic State group and other jihadists. President Rouhani won 23.5 million of Iran's total 41 million votes, his next nearest rival winning only 15.8 million votes. Our missiles are for peace and for defence. Nonetheless, many believe that Israel was specifically emboldened to seek adventurism in Syria after the election to office of US President Donald Trump - what eventually led to a wider involvement of America in the conflict, as well. "American officials should know that whenever we need to technically test a missile, we will do so and will not wait for their permission".



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