Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

Rouhani, a pragmatist who won a new mandate in last week's presidential election, also dismissed a summit Trump attended at the weekend in Saudi Arabia as a "ceremonial (event) that had no political value and will bear no results".

Speaking at the first press conference after his reelection, President Rouhani reminded the Riyadh regime that the 110-billion-dollar arms deal it has signed with the USA is not going to secure the kingdom's power.

His comments followed fierce critism from the U.S. president during visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel.

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.

The US has no other way but to think of "a win-win approach vis-a-vis Iran, otherwise they will fail", he said. Iran's most powerful authority - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - has ruled out normalisation of ties with the United States.Iran's economy has slowly recovered since the lifting of sanctions previous year but deals with Western investors are few and far between as foreign investors are cautious about trading with or investing in Iran, fearing penalties from remaining unilateral USA sanctions.Washington last week imposed new sanctions on Iran, over its ballistic missile programme."The Iranian nation has chose to be powerful".

The war of words between the U.S. 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. "Iran has stood by their side and continues to do so", he said.

"From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region", Trump said.

The Sunni kingdom and Shiite power Iran haven't had diplomatic relations since early 2016.

Rouhani won another four-year term Friday in a vote that many saw as a referendum on his push for global outreach that led to the nuclear deal, as well as a vote of confidence that his government will be able to help the country's sputtering economy. That's when Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric and protesters in Iran attacked two of the kingdom's diplomatic posts.

During his visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Trump called on the regional countries to isolate Iran which, he said, had "fuelled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror". Trump has threatened to try to renegotiate the deal. In Israel on Monday, he warned of "the threat posed by Iran" through the possibility of it acquiring nuclear weapons and its support of militant groups. The vote served as a referendum on Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, as well as a vote of confidence that his government will be able to help the country's sputtering economy.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France is convinced that Iran under Rouhani will have "an important role in the pacification" of the region.

Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani on Monday called relations with the United States "a curvy road", saying he hoped the Trump administration will "settle down" enough for his nation to better understand it.

The US stance against Iran is "deceptive and destructive" and attempts to undermine the sovereignty of the regional states besides supporting Israel, Qasemi said.

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

Answering a question about defending people's rights, especially in the field of nuclear negotiations, the President said: "If we succeeded in the field of nuclear negotiations, it was because the whole Iranian nation were behind the Supreme Leader, building up a national integrity and unity, helping the administration to use people's power in global stages". "We don't need their permission".


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