Rouhani urges US to drop 'hostile' policies towards Iran

So if Trump is prepared to meet Kim, he said, "I can't understand why he can't go to Iran, a nation that by signing the agreement is also trying to open up and reach out to the broader world " and that should be encouraged rather than be pushed the other way".

"My administration will do its best to eliminate the extreme poverty", Rouhani, who was re-elected to the second term on May 19, said during his first presser in Tehran on May 22, Trend's correspondent reported from the event. 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".

Rouhani, a pragmatist who won a new mandate in last week's presidential election, also dismissed a summit Trump attended at the weekend in Saudi Arabia as a "ceremonial (event) that had no political value and will bear no results".

"The issue of terrorism can not be solved through giving money to superpowers", Rouhani said, adding that his nation would "uproot terrorism" and bring stability to the region.

Mr Rouhani, who defeated challenger Ebrahim Raisi in Friday's presidential election, responded by ridiculing decades of United States strategy in the Middle East.

Rouhani made a point to stress that Trump's visit came amid Iran's presidential election, saying that such elections "are not in their (Saudis') dictionary". "Our missiles are for peace and for defence", he said.

He accused the United States of complicity in "the massacre of the defenseless Yemeni people" by Saudi Arabia and its allies and of "creating and cultivating" terrorist groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, specifically naming al-Qaeda's Nusra Front in Syria.

He remarked that Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia was necessary because it patched up relations that had been damaged during the Barack Obama presidency, while Obama was seeking the nuclear deal with Iran.

"We are waiting for the new U.S. administration to find stability and continuity in its policies", he added.

On Monday, Rouhani, however, said that Iran will continue to test its missiles anytime if there is a "technical need", and it will not seek the permission of any other country to do so.

On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif lashed at Trump for appeasing Saudi Arabia. "When they attacked Afghanistan (and) Iraq, when they made sanctions against Iran".

"It is important that the U.S. Administration has been tough in holding Iran accountable through enhanced sanctions related to its missile program and human rights outrages, " he said.

But in a reminder of the global pressure that Iran faces, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said yesterday Teheran must stop supporting armed groups in Syria and Iraq that destabilise the Middle East if it wants good relations with the West.

  • Leroy Wright