Iran's Rouhani says missile tests will continue 'if necessary'


In a telephone call, Rouhani told France's new president Emmanuel Macron he was hopeful that Europe would not copy Trump's stance against the Islamic Republic.

Touching upon Iran's foreign policy, Mr. Voskanyan said that it will not undergo significant changes.

Final election results show that Rouhani has won a second term in office with increased Kurdish voter support in all five predominantly Kurdish provinces but Western Azerbaijan where around 64 percent voted for Rouhani as in the past election in 2013.

Rouhani ultimately secured 57% of the vote, ahead of his nearest rival, conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who only managed 38.5%. So Rouhani is not just the "moderate" president, he is also the president of economic recovery.

The biggest oil companies have committed so far to little more than agreements to study energy projects or form development plans in Iran.

Macron, who had contacted Rouhani to congratulate him on his re-election, stressed the importance of the JCPOA and noted that supporting the historic nuclear deal was important for developing mutual ties. And while worldwide sanctions have been lifted, years of isolation have stunted the country's financial and legal systems, making foreign investment a challenge. "We accepted the nuclear deal to boost our defensive power". From their redoubts, they are able to frustrate reform and to check key parts of Rouhani's agenda. The faction also appeared poised to take all 12 council seats in the holy city of Mashhad, Iran's second-largest urban center, and the 13 seats in Esfahan, the third-largest city, according to the reformist newspaper Shargh. Talking to RFE/RL's Armenian service (, majority said they had voted for continued reforms.

"It is important to reach out and talk to Iran..." Even conservatives favor opening to the outside world if it fattens their own wallets.

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"The Trump administration has made clear that at least until this review is completed, we will adhere to the JCPOA and will ensure that Iran is held strictly accountable to its requirements", the official added.

Rouhani said that if $240 billion is annually invested in the economy, including $20 billion of foreign funds that are to be attracted, creation of 950,000 new jobs per year is possible. "For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror".

"The people said no to destruction. and said yes to unity, moderation, engagement and wisdom".

"All nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran", Trump said.

Trump repeatedly has criticized Iran in speeches on his first foreign trip.

His comments followed fierce criticism from the United States president during visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel. Shiite Iran regularly points to the Saudis' fundamentalist Wahhabi creed and their efforts to spread it around the Muslim world as the root cause of violent Sunni jihadism.