Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

Trump's Saudi speech a good start - now action must follow
Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'
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29 May, 2017

Tehran and Riyadh are involved in proxy wars across the region, backing opposite sides in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon.

Can Rouhani convert his renewed popular mandate, and the clear direction toward openness demanded by voters, into changes in Iran's revolutionary "deep state"?

Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani yesterday dismissed his USA counterpart Donald Trump's summit with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia this weekend as "just a show".

During his visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Trump called on the regional countries to isolate Iran which, he said, had "fuelled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror".

Rouhani, a pragmatist who won last week's presidential election, hit back hard by dismissing the summit as a "ceremonial (event) that had no political value and will bear no results".

Iran says that the missiles built in the new facility and the country's other facilities are not capable of carrying nuclear warheads, according to the country's English-language, state-owned media outlet, Press TV.

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. Without Iranian-supported Iraqi Shia militias, the US-sponsored Iraqi army can not drive Islamic State from Mosul in northern Iraq.

Lawmakers who backed the bill said they do not believe that its passage, which would require support by the House of Representatives and President Donald Trump to become law, would violate terms of the worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran reached in 2015.

"Americans resorted to many different methods against Iran but failed in all".

Rouhani says that Iranians are "waiting for this government to become stable intellectually" and that "hopefully, things will settle down.so we could pass more accurate judgments".

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"The U.S. leaders should know that whenever we need a missile test because of a technical aspect, we will test", he said.

While the USA relies on Syrian Kurdish forces, with 50,000 fighters, to oust Islamic State from the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Kurds are not capable of taking on the group in Deir al-Zor as well.

"Who fought against the terrorists?" But who funded the terrorists?

For the last quarter century, the US practised dual containment of Iran and Iraq, a policy that suited both Israel and Saudi Arabia. The country may, for example, buy less weapons and enhance trade with other players. If you accept that premise, it leads to fuzzy policies aimed at strengthening reformers and moderates, while chalking up Iran's arrests of dual nationals or its provocations of U.S. ships to the infighting of Iran's hardliners.

"The people know. that without competition on the basis of quality, not on the basis of political or security power, that our economy can not progress", he said.

"Maybe it will help if Saudi leaders let their people to decide over their country's fate by casting their vote". All of these qualifications, if they can be called that, have made Raisi a rising Islamic jurist whose life-long obedience to both Khomenei and Khamenei make him a strong candidate to succeed them. Regarding the crisis in Syria, he reiterated that Tehran believes that it must be solved by peaceful means, and cited as an example that along with with Russian Federation and Turkey they are cooperating to re-establish the cease-fire in order to create a quiet situation for the Syrian people.

"I want you to know how much we appreciate the change in American policy on Iran, which you enunciated so clearly", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in joint remarks with Trump at their third meeting of the day.

This year, more than 1,600 male candidates announced plans to run for the presidency (women can not run), but only six were approved by the Guardian Council, an Orwellian body that certifies that candidates reliably support the radical goals of Iran's Islamic revolution. Iran's most powerful authority - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - has ruled out normalisation of ties with the United States.

On the external front, he has to defend the nuclear deal and fight for an end to all sanctions. In order to ensure that Iran continues progressing towards worldwide engagement - thereby protecting a nuclear agreement that Trump is not eager to defend - Rouhani's government will have to work hard to improve relations with neighbouring countries. Our missiles are for peace and for defence.


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