Iran accuses USA of 'Iranophobia', arming 'dangerous terrorists'

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani took barbed swipes at the USA and its ally Saudi Arabia on Monday, hitting back at both a day after President Donald Trump used his first foreign trip to the kingdom to call for further isolation of Iran.

Netanyahu said he believes Trump's tough stance on Iran "not only helps security, but also helps propel the possibility of reconciliation and peace between Israel and a lot of folks".

Iran and Azerbaijan have major plan in the field of transportation and are working on a joint railroad project which will link the European Union and Russian Federation, through Azerbaijan, to Iran's Bandar Abbas in Persian Gulf. First of all, in the eyes of many Iranians, this election was a way to re-affirm and consolidate the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran, the United States and five other world powers. Baklava is his achilles heel.

Rouhani was even criticised very recently by the Supreme Leader Khamenei who implicitly stated that he understood the "pain of the poor and lower class people with his soul, especially because of high prices, unemployment and inequalities".

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

Trump's choice of Saudi Arabia, Iran's bitter regional rival, for his first official foreign visit reflects the deep antagonism of his administration towards the Islamic republic.

His comments came hours after he told an audience in Saudi Arabia that Iran fuelled "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror" and called for its global isolation, in comments that came after the separate announcement of a $110bn USA arms deal with Riyadh.

"He set the foundation for the creation of a partnership to fight extremism and terrorism and terror financing...and so overall it was an incredible success", Adel al-Jubeir said of the speech. The worldwide community needs to wait and see up to what point Rouhani can loosen restrictions on cultural and social activities and push civic boundaries zealously guarded by hardline conservatives. As a result, in the next four years, President Rouhani will continue to swim with Iranian and American sharks in the troubled waters of the Middle East and the world. He signed a $110 billion defense deal with Saudi Arabia during the visit aimed at addressing the kingdom's defense needs while scaling back USA military involvement in specific operations.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi also claimed that US policy in the Middle East was destabilizing the region. It was about Iran's choice between change and continuity.

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