Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran

Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran
Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran
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29 May, 2017

Donald Trump sparked a war of words with Iran on Monday, as the USA president used two speeches in Saudi Arabia and Israel to accuse Tehran of funding terrorism and fuelling "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror".

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) top diplomat said on Sunday that "Tehran shall not squander another opportunity" to reset its foreign policy, after reform-oriented and moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won re-election for a second four-year term on Saturday. "We hope Europe does not fall into the trap of countries that promote their wrong interpretations of the region", Rouhani said.

Unlike in the U.S., Iran's president is a political figurehead with very limited powers and responsibilities.

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 said on Monday in Jerusalem that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer, calling Tehran a real threat in the region, Reuters reported.

Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers was expected to open up the country to the world once again, but progress has proven slow.

He called Trump's meeting with Saudi leaders "just a show" and declared it would not "have any political and practical value".

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He was less flattering in his assessment of the Trump administration so far. The US had done well to reauthorize waivers from nuclear related sanctions before the elections in Iran.

"I am hopeful that through our joint efforts, the traditionally warm and friendly Armenian-Iranian relations will continue to develop and strengthen in all areas, registering a qualitatively new level of cooperation between our peoples", Sarkisian said.

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

Rouhani said that Iranians are "waiting for this (US) government to be civil" and that "hopefully, things will settle down ... so we could pass more accurate judgments". The turnout was relatively high, around 70 percent, and Rouhani has obtained 57 percent of the votes, winning the election in the first round. "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", Rouhani told reporters in Tehran.

"Those who have fought terrorists are the Syrian and Iraqi people".

Hassan Rouhani, who was reelected president in the May 19 presidential election, met on Tuesday with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The conservatives in Iran fielded Ebrahim Raisi, a nationalist who had worked in the Iranian judiciary during an infamous massacre of opposition politicians.


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