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Iran will continue missile programme, says Rouhani

26 May 2017

The tycoon-turned-president also claimed that the Iranian government, which is now led by moderate President Hassan Rouhani, "speaks openly of mass murder" and vows death to Israel and the US.

The nuclear agreement Mr Rouhani's government reached with global powers in 2015, under which most worldwide sanctions have been lifted in return for Iran curbing its nuclear programme, is likely to remain safe.

Qassemi's comments come after US President Donald Trump clinched a massive $110 billion military deal with Saudi Arabia over the weekend during his first foreign trip since he took office.

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

Rouhani decisively won a presidential election on Friday, securing another four-year term.

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Asked earlier on Monday whether Paris agreed with Trump's call to isolate Iran, the French foreign ministry said it would "work towards developing political dialogue that should be part of a constructive approach with regard solving regional crises".

Focusing on the domestic situation at the start of his press conference, Rouhani criticised his hardline opponents for claiming they were the true keepers of the Islamic revolution.

Speaking about the outcome of Iran's May 19 presidential election, he said that the United Nations has an excellent working relationship with the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The political process amounts to more of a selection than an election.

Although Washington and Tehran were still a long way from normalising their relations, Obama reached an accord to lift sanctions in return for Iran curbing its nuclear programme, which Trump repeatedly slated as "the worst deal ever signed".

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More recently, on May 17, the Trump administration continued the sanctions waiver (under Section 1245 of the National Defense Authorization Act 2012), needed every 120 days even while imposing sanctions on seven Iranian and Chinese individuals and entities on account of missile proliferation activities.

The White House and the Saudis have actively worked for rapprochement in order to fight terrorism - with the president vowing to avoid criticism of Saudi Arabia's dismal record on women's rights and other human rights issues. "Foreign Policy or simply milking KSA of $480B?" 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".

"Once again, by his repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president. tried to encourage the countries of the region to purchase more arms by spreading Iranophobia", Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said, a day after US President Donald Trump ended a visit to Tehran's arch-foe Saudi Arabia where arms deals worth nearly $110 billion were signed.

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

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

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Iran will continue missile programme, says Rouhani