Iran says U.S. selling arms to 'dangerous terrorists'

"Who can say the region will experience total stability without Iran?" he said at a news conference.

"We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes - not inflexible ideology".

Iran has accused the U.S. of selling arms to "dangerous terrorists" in the Middle East - a day after President Donald Trump signed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

Saudi King Salman on Monday described US President Donald Trump's visit to the Muslim kingdom in the Gulf as a "turning point" in relations between the two countries.

The remarks by Zarif came in response to Trump's anti-Tehran comments in Riyadh on Sunday and his arms sale deal with Saudi Arabia.

"Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve", he said in a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit.

In a statement following the meeting, Mr Trump addressed his meetings the previous day with Arab and Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, and said that there is growing realisation that they share a "common cause with you" in their determination to defeat extremism and deter "the threat posed by Iran".

President Trump is also expected to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas while in the region.

But Iran's Press TV wrote on Sunday that the aggression coming from Riyadh this weekend ultimately reflected the Saudis' realisation that they are losing in conflicts across the Middle East.

The tycoon-turned-president also claimed that the Iranian government, which is now led by moderate President Hassan Rouhani, "speaks openly of mass murder" and vows death to Israel and the US.

"I think that would be a bad abdication of our global leadership when it comes to advocating for people who are the subject of persecution, or imprisoned, or journalists that are thrown in jail, or people not allowed to practice their faith", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on CNN. "Nice seeing an American President standing strong on the world stage rather than apologizing for us", he said in a tweet.

Klein said his organization was pleased that Trump strongly condemned Iran, that he condemned "ISIS, Hezbollah and Hamas and Iran in the same sentence - for they are all part of the same scourge of Islamist terror".

Netanyahu and his wife Sara, as well as Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and members of the Israeli cabinet, were at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport to greet Trump and First Lady Melania in a red carpet ceremony after a direct flight from Riyadh. During the campaign, Trump pledged to move the embassy to Jerusalem, but has since walked back that promise.

  • Salvatore Jensen