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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rouhani: We'll continue our missile tests

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday warned that his country would continue its missile tests.
 
Speaking to reporters in Tehran and quoted by AFP, Rouhani, who was just last week elected to a second term in office, ridiculed U.S. strategy in the Middle East, dismissing President Donald Trump's summit with Arab leaders as "just a show".
 
"Our missiles are for our defense and for peace, they are not offensive. Know that while there is a technical need to conduct missile tests, we will do so and we will ask the permission of no one," he stressed.
 
His comments followed fierce criticism from Trump during his visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel.
 
"Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon -- never ever -- and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias," Trump said during a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on Monday.
 
Rouhani responded by ridiculing decades of U.S. strategy in the Middle East.
"When they attacked Afghanistan, they made a mistake. When they attacked Iraq, they made a mistake. When they imposed sanctions on us, they made a mistake," he said, according to AFP.
 
"If you know of a case where America acted correctly, you tell me," added the Iranian president, who said the only sensible move by Washington was the nuclear deal it signed with Iran in 2015, when the U.S. "talked with respect" and reached a "win-win result". READ MORE