Iran Slams Manchester Terrorists, Calls For Comprehensive Approach To End Terror

Iran accused the U.S. on Monday of selling arms to "dangerous terrorists" in the Middle East and of spreading "Iranophobia" aimed at encouraging Arab states to purchase arms.

The US has no other way but to think of "a win-win approach vis-a-vis Iran, otherwise they will fail", he said.

In fact, most of the militant groups U.S. troops have fought in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere since the 11 September 2001 attacks on NY and Washington, such as al Qaeda, Islamic State and the Taliban, are Sunni Muslims who consider Shi'ite Iran their enemy.

His supporters look to Rouhani - instrumental in pushing the US-Iran nuclear deal, ending sanctions and allowing foreign investment - to further Iran's engagement with the world and prevent global isolation.

Iran's reformist President Hassan Rouhani's reelection is good for Armenia, since it means that the implementation of the agreements reached between the two neighboring countries recently will not be delayed, an expert in Yerevan believes.

"I hope that the day will come that Saudi Arabia will adopt this path", he said.

"Unfortunately, the current USA policy results in strengthening of terrorist groups in the region and leads to reinforcement of these groups by dictatorial states", Bahram Qassemi said, commenting the outcome of the summit.

Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, an ally of Saudi Arabia, congratulated Rouhani on his re-election. "Those who provide consultations or advice to the Americans, unfortunately, they are the rulers who either push America awry or with money, they just buy some people in America".

Ultimate power in Iran rests not with the president but with the supreme leader, who is chosen by a clerical panel and has the final say over all matters of state.

Iran's incumbent President Hassan Rouhani has been won the country's 2017 presidential elections, and has vowed to continue his reformist course which has seen a timid rapprochement with the West.

He blamed Tehran for aggravating the Syrian crisis through what he called a "destabilizing intervention", before calling on "all nations of conscience" to "work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism".

Already fragile diplomatic and trade ties between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite-dominated Iran were severed previous year after Saudi Arabia executed a Shi'ite cleric and as a result, protesters ransacked the Saudi embassy in Iran.

Trump has threatened to try to renegotiate the deal. "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.

Rouhani also said last week's election showed Iranians wanted more democracy and interaction with the world, adding this would lead to much-needed economic progress. Our missiles are for peace and for defence.

"In many conflicts in the region, Iran plays a hard role, especially in Iraq and Syria", Mr Gabriel told a news conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. The missile launches have been condemned by the Trump administration and Israel.

  • Leroy Wright