Iran to be in far stronger positions, Armenian expert says

He is going to answer the questions of Iranian and foreign correspondents.

"Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups", Trump said Sunday in Riyadh in a speech to leaders of more than 50 predominantly Muslim countries. "Who can say the region will experience total stability without Iran?" he asked.

"Iran - fresh from real elections - attacked by @POTUS in that bastion of democracy & moderation".

Presidential elections in Iran were held on May 19, 2017.

"The gathering in Saudi Arabia was just a show with no practical or political value of any kind", Rouhani said at a press conference.

Rouhani said that Iranians are "waiting for this government to become stable intellectually" and that "hopefully, things will settle we could pass more accurate judgments".

"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", he said.

The moderate-leaning Rouhani defeated his conservative rival Seyed Ebrahim Raeesi on Friday, partly on promises of continued détente with the West after successfully negotiating the historic 2015 nuclear deal.

Trump has threatened to try to renegotiate the deal, which saw Iran accept curbs on its contested nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of some worldwide economic sanctions.

He also said that stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran's help, responding to criticism of the Islamic Republic from U.S. President Donald Trump who is visiting the region. "Know that while there is a technical need to conduct missile tests, we will do so and we will ask the permission of no one".

"The problem is that the Americans do not know our region and those who advise USA officials are misleading them", said Mr Rouhani, who easily defeated hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi in last Friday's presidential election.

"Yesterday, you said "no" to all those that wanted to go back to the past and stop our current progress", Rouhani said, adding that voters had chosen "interaction witht the rest of the world based on mutual respect". However, councils weren't implemented until reformist President Mohammad Khatami took power in the 1990s, following a series of riots across small towns and cities in Iran over local control. "In Syria, they made mistakes, and also in Yemen".

At the Tehran press conference, Rouhani also defended Iran's ballistic missile program, something heavily criticised by Trump's new administration. Our missiles are for peace and for defence. Alongside, Rouhani will have to resuscitate Iran's ailing economy, impacted by sliding oil prices - one in every four Iranians is unemployed.

  • Leroy Wright