Marking difference with US, France urges dialogue with Iran

Conservative clerics were also angered by the fact that men and women danced together in the streets of Tehran following Rouhani's election victory, testing the country's strict segregation rules, Reuters reported.

Rouhani conveyed the message that as in recent years Iran has supported the Syrian and Iraqi governments through diplomatic efforts and military advisors, it will maintain this policy in the future.

However, the unemployment rate returned to a three-year high of 12.7 percent (or 3.3 million unemployed) in the second quarter of 2016 despite the high growth rate in this period.

Speaking after meeting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Trump said the U.S. and Israel faced "common threats - from [Islamic State] and other terrorist groups, to countries like Iran that sponsor terrorism and fund and foment bad violence".

Iran and Saudi Arabia are fighting multiple proxy wars in the Middle East, most notably in Yemen and Syria.

"Our missiles are for our defence and for peace, they are not offensive".

On May 17, 2017, the US Administration upheld the Iran sanctions waiver, keeping the nuclear deal alive.

Following the sham elections in Iran, in which incumbent Hassan Rouhani was selected to serve a second term, protests broke out across Iran but spread all across the world, including to Canada.

In similar comments, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran derives stability from the people and not the coalitions.

"The Iranian people voted for moderation as they know a prosperous economy and jobs can only happen through investment, and investment through freedom and interaction with the world", he said. He is the most powerful of four ruling institutions in Iran, and he is unelected, chosen instead by the Council of Guardians, whom he appoints. "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 was quoted by the Iranian TV as saying.

But hard-liners still wield power in other ways in modern Iran. The major argument goes that had Raeesi won, the United States and regional Sunni Arab states would have not dared make such aggressive remarks and plans against Iran. Even so, worldwide investors "are still anxious about remaining US sanctions and possible future sanctions that could target Iran's missile program", she said by email.

"The election does give Rouhani a mandate to push things through", Ghanem Nuseibeh, founder of London-based management consultant Cornerstone Global Associates, said in an interview in Dubai on Sunday.

  • Leroy Wright