Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'


Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani yesterday dismissed his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump's summit with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia this weekend as "just a show".

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.

But in a reminder of the worldwide pressure that Iran faces, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said yesterday Teheran must stop supporting armed groups in Syria and Iraq that destabilise the Middle East if it wants good relations with the West.

Mr Rouhani yesterday ridiculed U.S. strategy in the Middle East, dismissing Mr Trump's summit with Arab leaders on Sunday as "just a show".

It also became plain that Mr Trump has given his endorsement to the Islamic Military Alliance, created only recently by Saudi Arabia as a force against Shia Iran though ostensibly it is meant to be against terrorism.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in a stronger position after his re-election to push through plans for wooing foreign investors the country needs to boost oil production, according to analysts at Cornerstone Global Associates and SVB Energy.

"The US president's meddling, repetitive and baseless claims against Iran are aimed at Iranophobia and are in line with the US hostile policies against the Islamic republic (Iran), seeking to persuade the regional countries to buy more arms from the US", Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said. That would "make it even more complicated for Trump to try to renegotiate the nuclear deal", Nuseibeh said.

Trump and some of his cabinet secretaries have been critical of Iran's hostile behavior towards the US which, they said the worldwide community tolerates.

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"Our missiles are for our defence and for peace, they are not offensive".

A supporter of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani flashes a victory sign while holding his portrait in a street celebration after he won the Friday's presidential election, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, May 20, 2017. "The "fight against terrorism" is aimed at making all the Kabuki [stylized acting] palatable for the American and world audience", Giraldi said.

"The most depressing part of the performance was the vilification of Iran as the source of all terror and evil in the region, a tune which was replayed immediately upon arrival in Israel with the pledge that Tehran will never have a nuke", Giraldi said. Who can say the region will experience total stability without Iran?' Rouhani told a news conference, broadcast live on state television.

"Female voters queue at a polling station for the presidential and municipal council election on Friday in the city of Qom, about 150 kilometres south of Tehran".

Qassemi added Iran is a country which promotes the values of peace and "the creation of a world opposed to violence and extremism".

The war of words between the United States administration and the Iranian government appear within the context of a region that appears to be experiencing the birth pangs of a new security environment.

On Monday, Rouhani, however, said that Iran will continue to test its missiles anytime if there is a "technical need", and it will not seek the permission of any other country to do so.

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