Iran's president criticizes U.S. after Trump's sharp words

Politics in Iran are basically fought between the moderate-reformist camp who promote dialogue with the global community and the hardliners calling for the defense of the spirit of the Islamic Revolution and maintaining an anti-American stance.

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.

Talking to Tehran Radio, Senator Mushahid Hussain added that strong ties between Tehran and Islamabad are in the interest of both countries and in the interest of the region. "We do not seek a fight, it is Rouhani who has taken a confrontational approach", the journalist quoted one of the Raisi supporters as having told him. "The challenge the Trump administration is going to have, is that there are few major countries in the world which believe Iran is the greatest source of instability in the region, " said Sadjadpour.

In the election, people said they are a united nation whose voices must be heard, he noted.

"We are picking one side in this geopolitical struggle, and there is very little room for gray", said Frederic Wehrey, a senior fellow in the West Asia Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "In Syria, they made mistakes, and also in Yemen".

"The Americans do not know our region, that's what the catch is", Rouhani said in response to a question from The Associated Press.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has reacted to Trump's remarks, and urged U.S. to stop supplying arms to Saudi Arabia, which is one of the "main sponsors of terrorism". "I hope it can settle so that we can have a better judgement about those in Washington", said Rouhani.

"The American authorities must know that whenever we need to test-fire missiles for technical reasons, we certainly will do that and won't await for permission from them", president added.

He had campaigned on a promise of a more open, internationally integrated economy, and in his acceptance speech said the election showed Iran was ready to for more friendly relations with world powers.

He also expressed support for Lebanon's Hezbollah group, saying that the group is backed by Lebanese people.

In Tehran, Iranian state television reported Monday that Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani, a son of the influential late former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, won more than 1.7 million votes to come in first among the council candidates.

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  • Leroy Wright