Rouhani says Iran "heedless" of pressure to continue missile program

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He said Iran was still forming its judgement of the Trump administration.

Rouhani said at a news conference on Monday that stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran's help.

Rouhani was re-elected President of Iran scoring 57% of votes in May 20 election. Candidates are vetted and the man who vets them is the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who also wields the informal power of the Revolutionary Guard. "I hope it can settle so that we can have a better judgement about those in Washington", said Rouhani.

In the past, "Iran and the United States have experienced bends and turns in their relations, and the U.S. has always failed in its policies, including exerting pressures and sanctions" against Iran, Rouhani said in his press conference following Friday's landslide victory in the country's presidential election.

In fact, most of the militant groups USA troops have fought in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere since the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington, such as al Qaeda, Islamic State and the Taliban, are Sunni Muslims who consider Shi'ite Iran their enemy.

Palestinians walk past closed shops during a general strike in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails in the market in the Old City of the West Bank town of Nablus
Rouhani says Iran "heedless" of pressure to continue missile program

While Rouhani will have to play off competing factions on Iran's domestic front to implement his agenda, he and the conservatives could join forces to apply leverage to restrain Trump and force him to come to terms with Tehran.

In election campaigns, however, the exchange between the candidate and the crowd is more interactive, with participants expressing their demands through slogans, pictures and symbols. The US president returned to those criticisms during his Israel visit, alleging that Tehran's belligerent regional activities - including threats to Arab neighbors - appeared to have been "emboldened" by the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which provided Iran with tens of billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for a partial reduction of its nuclear enrichment. "Foreign Policy or simply milking Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of $480 billion?" he wrote on Twitter. Many Iranians were disappointed when the lifting of economic sanctions as part of the 2015 nuclear deal did not trickle down to improve their lives-something Rouhani had promised. "Iran has stood by their side and continues to do so", he said.

For decades, Saudi Arabia and Iran have competed for religious leadership and political influence across the Muslim world and beyond. In February, just two weeks after taking office, the Trump administration 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 welcomes cooperation at all levels to bring stability to the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart on Monday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump lambasted Tehran again as he tours the region. "We will not wait for them and their permission". "Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate it, deny it funding for terrorism. and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they so richly deserve".