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Iran's president criticizes US after Trump's sharp words

Andrew Cummings | 28 May, 2017, 06:44

Donald Trump had already given a major hint about the direction of his foreign policy when he chose Saudi Arabia to be the first country he visited as president.

Rouhani won another four-year term Friday in a vote that many saw as a referendum on his push for global outreach that led to the nuclear deal, as well as a vote of confidence that his government will be able to help the country's sputtering economy.

The State Department's actions coincided with an announcement from OFAC that it was designating as Specially Designated Nationals ("SDNs") seven (7) individuals and entities in connection with Iran's ballistic missile program, including two (2) senior Iranian defense officials and a China-based network alleged to be supplying Iran's military and ballistic missile program.

"Once again, by his meddling, repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president tried to encourage the countries of the region to purchase more arms by spreading Iranophobia", he charged.

The war of words between the U.S. administration and the Iranian government appear within the context of a region that appears to be experiencing the birth pangs of a new security environment.

Iraqis and Syrians have together fought the so-called Islamic State group with Iran's support, Rouhani said, adding that without Iran no regional security and stability is foreseeable.

The US stance against Iran is "deceptive and destructive" and attempts to undermine the sovereignty of the regional states besides supporting Israel, Qasemi said.

The online and offline participation of citizens has changed the discursive field in Iranian politics, regardless of the presence of reformists in power.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani over his recent election victory, according to a presidential source.

"The U.S. leaders should know that whenever we need missile tests. we will test".

In 2016, however, Iran's economy grew by 6.5 percent, oil production is rising, the banking system has been reformed and the inflation, which was 34.7 percent four years ago, is now 8.9 percent.

Among Iran's most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria. The Russian leader expressed his confidence that the sides will continue active joint work to develop Russian-Iranian cooperation.

Qassemi threw in a little anti-Israel rhetoric for good measure: "It is surprising that Iran is being accused of destabilizing the region by a country which has been an accomplice to the Zionist regime's crackdown on the oppressed Palestinian nation through all-out arms, financial and intelligence support for decades". For more information on these Presidential waivers and the Trump Administration's review of the US Government policy on Iran, please see our earlier blog post here.

Washington last week imposed new sanctions on Iran, over its ballistic missile programme. "In Syria, they made mistakes, and also in Yemen".

Rouhani will need the cooperation of Western powers to urge the USA to roll back sanctions, or to step up investment in the areas they allow.

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