Iranian President: 'We Need Missiles' to Confront Trump Admin, Enemies

TEHRAN: Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani ridiculed U.S. strategy in the Middle East, dismissing Donald Trump's summit with Arab leaders as "just a show" and insisting that missile tests will continue.

"After Rouhani's reelection, there is much up in the air/room for misinterpretation", John Kerry tweeted on Wednesday, referring to last weekend's victory by Iran's moderate president, Hassan Rouhani.

The president added that "the issue of terrorism can not be solved through giving money to superpowers".

So too could U.S. President Donald Trump's renewed push to isolate Iran - a policy likely to embolden hard-liners.

Earlier Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi called on Washington to abandon its "warmongering policy, intervention, Iranophobia and sales of unsafe and useless weapons to the main sponsors of terrorism", according to state-run Press TV.

"Unfortunately, Americans have always made mistakes in our region", Rouhani said.

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

Vardan Voskanyan also noted that Iran will continue its involvement in Syria and Lebanon processes and will maintain influential leverages in the Arabian Peninsula and Yemen, continuing to ensure serious presence in Afghanistan developments.

He said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press that "Iran is part of the solution" to the conflicts in the Middle East, including Syria and Iraq, "and we can not get away from that fact". That's the problem. Those who are advising the Americans are unfortunately rulers who deviate America with unsound advice or buy some influence in the US with their money.

"The American people have not forgotten the blood spilt on September 11".

He called on Arab and Muslim leaders to step up in the fight against terrorism during an address in Saudi Arabia, and he called on Israelis and Palestinians to get back to the negotiating table during remarks Tuesday in Jerusalem.

While in Saudi Arabia, Trump accused Iran of fueling "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror" while calling for its global isolation.

Reformist candidates swept municipal elections in Iran's capital, taking all 21 seats in Tehran as president Hassan Rouhani won a second term, state media reported. Rouhani told a news conference, broadcast live on state television.

Washington last week imposed new sanctions on Iran, over its ballistic missile programme.

An Iranian military truck carries parts of the S-300 air defence missile system during a parade on the occasion of the country's Army Day, on April 18, 2017, in Tehran. "We don't need their permission".

His first term was marked by an emergent worldwide outreach, an approach supported by then-US President Barack Obama. The Trump administration in February sanctioned more than two dozen people and companies in retaliation for a ballistic missile test, warning it had put the Islamic Republic "on notice".

Iran is routinely ranked as one of the world's most corrupt countries; Iranians themselves are understandably fed up, and fortunately for them, this is a problem that Rouhani and his administration do have some power to tackle. Will it force him to make good on his promise to unravel President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran?

  • Leroy Wright