Spokesman Hits Back at Trump for Anti-Iran Comments

Mr Qassemi added that the U.S. and its allies "should know that Iran is a democratic, stable and powerful country" and that it promotes "peace, good neighbourliness, and the creation of a world opposed to violence and extremism".

On Sunday, Trump said during the Arab Islamic American Summit in the Saudi capital that Iran had been supporting terrorists, militias and extremist groups that "spread destruction and chaos across the region".

Saturday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, at a news conference with his USA counterpart Rex Tillerson in Riyadh, said Iran's presidential election was an internal matter.

Rouhani said. He also lambasted Trump's address in Riyadh, saying it was a "ceremonial [event] that had no political value and will bear no results".

In a Tweet about Rouhani's election victory, Mr. Gargash said: "With Pres (ident) Rouhani's re-election, one hopes Iran reset its troubled relations with neighbors".

"Iran - fresh from real elections - attacked by @POTUS in that bastion of democracy and moderation", Zarif tweeted, referring to the U.S. president. Rouhani said that Iranians are "waiting for this government to become stable intellectually" and that "hopefully, things will settle down.so we could pass more accurate judgments". It was Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Russian Federation. That's when Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric and protesters in Iran attacked two of the kingdom's diplomatic posts. That's not the case in many countries, such as Saudi Arabia, he went on.

Rouhani, a cleric whose administration struck the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers, decisively won a second term in Friday's election.

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.

Both countries have made bellicose statements, with Iran's defense minister, Hossein Dehghan, telling the Arabic-speaking Al-Manar channel: "We warn them against doing anything ignorant, but if they do something ignorant, we will leave nowhere untouched apart from Mecca and Medina". "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. Our missiles are for peace and for defence.

  • Salvatore Jensen