Iranian president calls U.S. relations 'a curvy road'

Mr Rouhani decisively won a presidential election on Friday, securing another four-year term.

Already fragile diplomatic and trade ties between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite-dominated Iran were severed previous year, after Saudi Arabia executed a Shi'ite cleric and as a result protesters ransacked the Saudi embassy in Iran.

In a news conference broadcast live on state TV today, Hassan Rouhani said the Iranian nation has chose to be powerful and our missiles are for peace and defense. "I believe that Saudi Arabia can not use these weapons and they will eventually be forced to take U.S. military advisors to the region". Even so, global investors "are still anxious about remaining US sanctions and possible future sanctions that could target Iran's missile program", she said by email.

"But the foundation of power is national strength and this is only achieved through elections", Rouhani asserted.

Mr Rouhani, a moderate cleric who signed a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, said the USA had "resorted to many methods against Iran but failed in all". It was the Syrians and Iraqis who fought the terrorists and Iran, Hezbollah and Russian Federation were beside them.

He also called the Saudi summit a "show-off" convention that "will not have any political and practical values".

"Those who have fought terrorists are the Syrian and Iraqi people".

The remarks by Iranian Foreign Ministry officials came in response to Trump's recent anti-Tehran remarks in Riyadh and his arms sale deal with the Saudis.

Also, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Saturday that he hopes the re-election of Rouhani would prompt changes to Tehran's approach to "terrorism and human rights".

"Our missiles are for peace, not for attack", he added. "This power is made possible by people going into the ballot boxes".

Greenblatt continued: "Under this so-called "moderate" leader, there was no slowdown in Iran's aggressive regional policy, including state sponsorship of terrorism, active participation in war crimes committed in Syria and unceasing belligerence against Israel that manifested through financial and material support for terror organizations along with an unrelenting stream of anti-Semitic propaganda".

On Iran's relations with Azerbaijan, President Rouhani said, "Azerbaijan is considered Iran's good neighbour and we have had good relations with this country from the beginning of its independence".

  • Larry Hoffman