Brooding Iran hardliners say they must still be heard after Rouhani win

Donald Trump sparked a war of words with Iran on Monday, as the U.S. president used two speeches in Saudi Arabia and Israel to accuse Tehran of funding terrorism and fuelling "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror".

Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani on Monday dismissed his USA counterpart Donald Trump's summit with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia this weekend as "just a show". "American [officials] were wrong about our region", Rouhani said and expressed hope that the U.S. administration would consider the interests of its own people.

President Rouhani is a moderate and reformist figure in Iranian politics known chiefly for negotiating a deal on Iran's nuclear power that ended up controversial both with the Western powers that signed it and in Iran.

In his congratulatory message to Rouhani, Sarkisian, as quoted by his press office, expressed confidence that during the Iranian president's tenure "the friendly neighborly Iran will continue to develop upward, bringing its considerable and important contribution to the establishment of regional peace and stability". Rouhani said. "Who can say the region will experience total stability without Iran?" "But the foundation of power is national strength and this only happens through elections", Rouhani said.

Rouhani further criticized the Saudi summit that Trump attended on Sunday, describing it as a "show-off" that "will not have any political and practical values".

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

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Despite Trump's confrontational rhetoric, Iran had nothing to do with the terror attacks on the United States in September 2001, or subsequent attacks in Europe - including Germany, France and England. "We will not wait for them and their permission", he said.

He added that it was Iran's allies in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq that had been leading the fight against the Islamic State group and other jihadists.

A Presidential election was held in Iran on Friday.

In a tweet following the speech, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused Trump of ignoring Iran's democratic credentials to "milk" Saudi Arabia of billions of dollars.

US-Iran relations had reached a major breakthrough, but the prospect of growing Iranian influence in the region unsettled many, including Saudi Arabia, a longtime US ally. Much like the French in their presidential elections, Iranians voted decisively against inward-looking politics.

The conservatives in Iran fielded Ebrahim Raisi, a nationalist who had worked in the Iranian judiciary during an infamous massacre of opposition politicians.

  • Megan Austin