Iran reformists sweep Tehran municipal council election

Iran's coalition of reformists and moderates has swept to power in major cities across the country, results showed Monday, redrawing the political map and amplifying the resounding re-election of President Hassan Rouhani.

"I don't know that there's anything to apologize for", Tillerson told reporters aboard Air Force One as the US delegation traveled to Israel with Trump on his first foreign trip as president.

On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly vowed to scrap the JCPOA agreement, and in early February, his administration imposed new sanctions against the country in response to Tehran's latest ballistic missile test. Michael Flynn, Trump's national security advisor at the time, said the USA was "officially putting Iran on notice".

Rouhani promised to continue his outward-facing, moderate vision for Iran, which included signing a nuclear deal between the United States and other countries in 2015.

"Unfortunately, under the hostile and aggressive policies of the American statesmen, we are witnessing a renewed strengthening of terrorist groups in the region and miscalculation of the dictatorships which support these groups", Qassemi said.

Following Trump's comments in Israel, that he would "never let" Iran get a nuclear bomb, Iranian Foreign Minister Qassemi also said that the USA and its allies "should know that Iran is a democratic, stable and powerful country" and that it promotes "peace, good neighborliness, and the creation of a world opposed to violence and extremism". Who can say the region will experience total stability without Iran?

Iran denies any involvement in terrorism and says its missile program, which US President Donald Trump recently targeted with new sanctions, is purely for defence purposes.

The UAE, a regional trading and tourism hub, is a main trading partner with non-Arab Iran.

In Saudi Arabia yesterday and in Israel today, President Trump bashed Iran. It was Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Russian Federation. "We will never be lenient in trying anyone who finances terrorism, in any way or means, to the full force of the law", he said.

Rouhani, a pragmatist who won last week's presidential election, hit back hard by dismissing the summit as a "ceremonial (event) that had no political value and will bear no results". "Our responsibility before Almighty Allah and our people and the whole world is to stand united to fight the forces of evil and extremism wherever they are", he said.

In both cases, the USA sides with Saudi Arabia.

He said that Iran's ruling powers represent the tip of the spear of global terrorism. "American officials should know that whenever we need to technically test a missile, we will do so and will not wait for their permission", Rouhani said, repeating Iran's commonly expressed stance on the programme.

The military package includes tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, radar and communications, and cybersecurity technology.

  • Zachary Reyes