Iran slams USA for urging policy shift in second Rouhani term

Iran slams USA for urging policy shift in second Rouhani term

Iran slams USA for urging policy shift in second Rouhani term

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"."Our missiles are for defense and peace", Rouhani said, adding that the United States of America expectations from Iran to halt its defensive missile program is "an illusion". "The Americans do not know our religion, that's what the catch is", Rouhani said in response to a question from AP.

Rejecting US warnings about testing missiles, Rouhani said Iran's weapons were defensive and the country would test them whenever it deemed necessary. Many Iranians were disappointed when the lifting of economic sanctions as part of the 2015 nuclear deal did not trickle down to improve their lives-something Rouhani had promised.

Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said: "Rouhani's first term only saw a spike in suppression, executions, injustice and poverty, and an increase in Iran's meddling in neighbouring countries and expenditures on ballistic missiles, military and security projects".

He said on Monday in Jerusalem that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer, calling Tehran a real threat in the region.

Rouhani also criticized a meeting U.S. President Donald Trump attended in Saudi Arabia, describing it as a "show-off" that "will not have any political and practical values".

This is all a showing of the Saudi's strong support to Trump after the ties reached a low point during the Obama Administration, which reached out to Iran with the signing of the Nuclear Accord. Maybe they think they need to buy arms but we do not need to buy arms, we make them.

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

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

Mr Rouhani dismissed the criticism and said it was actually Iran and its allies that were fighting terrorists.

Trump repeatedly has criticized Iran in speeches on his first foreign trip. "We are waiting for the new government to find stability and continuity in its policies", said Rouhani.

"Who can say regional stability can be restored without Iran?"

Rouhani defeated rivals in a landslide, winning about 57 percent of the vote.

"The problem is that the Americans do not know our region and those who advise USA officials are misleading them", he added.

That left many voters unsure who to back in the past, so the reformist leadership started providing lists of their preferred candidates, sharing them via social media.

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