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


Speaking after moderate President Hassan Rouhani's re-election, an Iranian trade minister said the country needs major investments for offshore oil and gas. "You can't solve terrorism just by giving people's money to a superpower", Rouhani said at a press conference on Tehran, referring to the billion-dollar deals signed between the USA and Saudi Arabia.

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

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian over the weekend congratulated President Rouhani on his victory in the presidential election, emphasizing the friendly nature of Yerevan's relations with Tehran.

The yawning gap between Tehran and Washington has grown even wider with US President Donald Trump's latest efforts to isolate Iran, which accused the United States of "milking" Saudi Arabia for petro-dollars.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said during a visit to Jerusalem that Iran must never be allowed to have nuclear weapons while also denouncing Tehran´s support for "terrorists".

Coming second with 39.8% of the vote was hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi, a former state prosecutor close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who received much logistical support for his campaign from the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp. "It will make them [rulers] stronger".

And they say Iran's support for Lebanese militia Hezbollah and Shiite Huthi rebel forces in Yemen are deeply destabilising.

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Rouhani, whose administration struck the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers, decisively won a second term in Friday's election. "There is no doubt in this".

Walking back on the Islamophobic rhetoric of his previous speeches on home soil, Trump stressed that his administration was looking to strengthen partnerships across the region, and said the war on terrorism is not a fight between faiths but "a battle between good and evil". Rouhani said that Iranians are "waiting for this government to become stable intellectually" and that "hopefully, things will settle we could pass more accurate judgments".

In Riyadh Sunday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he hoped Rouhani would put an end to the ballistic missile program, as well as beginning "a process of dismantling Iran's network of terrorism".

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 issue of terrorism can not be solved through giving money to superpowers", Rouhani said, adding that his nation would "uproot terrorism" and bring stability to the region. "In spite of Rouhani's claims that he had pushed away the shadow of war the weakness of his government has not only encouraged America for aggression against our country but also emboldened feeble Arabic states to discuss outright formation of an Arabic NATO to confront Iran militarily". The report said Iranian officials have a tendency to hype the level of interest, however, noting that global energy companies would invest only if their terms are advantageous.

"No one has the right to confiscate the revolution", said Rouhani, boosted by his election victory.