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Iran's President Rouhani secures second term in decisive win

Iran's President Rouhani secures second term in decisive win

"I've never shut off the phone to anyone that wants to talk or have a productive conversation", he said when asked if he would speak with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the wake of President Hassan Rouhani's election.

President Zuma extended his congratulations and best wishes to President Rouhani and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In a tweet about Rouhani's election victory, Gargash said: "With Pres (ident) Rouhani's re-election, one hopes Iran reset its troubled relations with neighbors. American officials should know that whenever we need to technically test a missile, we will do so and will not wait for their permission", Rouhani said, repeating Iran's commonly expressed stance on the programme.

He also criticised U.S. president Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, describing it as a "show-off" that "will not have any political and practical values". When they attacked Afghanistan (and) Iraq, when they made sanctions against Iran.

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The president, known for decades as a conciliatory figure, remade himself on the campaign trail as a reformist political street fighter, accusing hardliners of brutality and corruption in language that frequently strained at the boundaries of what is permitted in Iran. "Which is why the Saudis will be appalled that a (comparatively) reasonable Iranian has won a (comparatively) free election that nearly none of the 50 dictators gathering to meet Trump in Riyadh would ever dare to hold", he writes at the Independent.

"You can't solve terrorism just by giving your people's money to a superpower", Rouhani said.

In a speech to Arab Muslim leaders in Riyadh on Sunday, Trump singled out Iran as the world's biggest sponsor of terrorism. "That's the problem. Those who are advising the Americans are unfortunately rulers who deviate America with unsound advice or buy some influence in the U.S. with their money", he said.

Rouhani, the face of Tehran's deal with six major powers in 2015 to curb Iran's nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions, said the US administration lacked knowledge about the Middle East.

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Rouhani defeated a hardline rival in Friday's election with promises to be more open to the world and ease social and political limitations at home.

"Who can say regional stability can be restored without Iran?"

"Once again, by his meddlesome and baseless claims about Iran, the American president tried to encourage the countries of the region to purchase more arms by spreading Iranophobia", he added.

But hard-liners still wield power in other ways in modern Iran.

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"In 2013, we won the presidential election but not the city councils".

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