Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

  • Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

Mr Rouhani is a moderate cleric who helped secure a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Western powers. The Gulf Arab state past year downgraded ties with Tehran after Saudi Arabia severed ties with Tehran after demonstrators angry at the execution of a Shi'ite Muslim cleric in the kingdom attacked Saudi missions.

He owes some part of this success to the former U.S. President Barack Obama's mild policy toward Iran.

As for the future of relations between Tehran and Washington, Parsi says "President Rouhani's reelection also creates an opportunity for the Trump administration to chose diplomacy over war with Iran".

"The ruling capitalism has the upper hand in this election and controls this election", said the head of the union, which is affiliated to worldwide confederation IndustriAll.

Rouhani was responding to a question on Monday from The Associated Press at a news conference in Tehran. "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.

Asked about Trump's summit with Arab leaders yesterday, Rouhani said it was "just a show with no practical or political value of any kind".

"The US president's meddling, repetitive and baseless claims against Iran are aimed at Iranophobia and are in line with the US hostile policies against the Islamic republic (Iran), seeking to persuade the regional countries to buy more arms from the US", Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.

In fight against terrorism, giving money of a nation to a superpower doesn't solve the problem, Rouhani added.

Iran's global relations have improved markedly since the nuclear deal was signed in July 2015 but they are still strained with the United States.

The nuclear agreement has been controversial in both the USA and Iran, and it emerged as a top campaign issue in Iran's election.

"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.

Saudi Arabia and Iran compete for influence across the Middle East, respectively backing rival political or armed groups in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen.

"On the intensified anti-Iran rhetoric of U.S. officials, the chief executive said Washington has never benefitted from employing a hostile approach toward the Islamic Republic".

Iran's close relationship with Russian Federation is well known, yet if Russian Federation and the US manage to beef up their cooperation in the Middle East, Iran may find the opportunity to reduce its dependence vis-a-vis Russian Federation.

Rouhani insists that Iran must find a way to talk to the West and negotiate on its nuclear program.

"The Iraqi, Lebanese and Syrian nations have stood against terrorists and Iranian diplomats and advisors have been helping them", the Iranian president added. At the same time, USA and Iranian forces are both backing the government in Iraq against Islamic State militants.