Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as President Hassan Rouhani wins Iran


Hassan Rouhani is still hoping that Europe will not adopt the same attitude as Donald Trump towards the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Within hours of Trump's speech Rouhani's rivals were hitting at him hard, calling him responsible for Trump's attack, as well as for the diplomatic success of Saudi Arabia - Iran's regional archrival - in apparently uniting numerous Islamic nations against the Republic.

Foreign Minister "Jean-Yves Le Drian will work towards developing political dialogue that should be part of a constructive approach with regard to solving regional crises", said the French Foreign Ministry on Monday.

The United States and other critics in the West accuse Tehran of sponsoring global terrorism and destabilizing the region, and Iran is still targeted by US sanctions over its weapons programs and perceived rights violations.

He also said stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Teheran's help.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has reacted to Trump's remarks, and urged U.S. to stop supplying arms to Saudi Arabia, which is one of the "main sponsors of terrorism".

At a weekend summit in Riyadh, Trump accused Iran of funding and arming "terrorists, militias and other extremist groups" in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and backing President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war.

Rouhani said "We expect France and the European Union to play a more active role in the implementation of the agreement".

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In 2015, he brought his country to sign a deal with world powers, providing for curbing Iran's nuclear program and lifting economic sanctions on Tehran. "Foreign Policy or simply milking KSA of $480B?", Zarif wrote in a Twitter post, referring to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) on Sunday said the election victory will see President Rouhani serve a second presidential term, having ascended to the office for the first time in 2013.

He recalled that Saudi Arabia had given almost $100 billion to former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, during Iraq's imposed war on Iran in the 1980s.

Iran's newly re-elected president has dismissed US President Donald Trump's calls for the region to isolate Tehran.

For him, it is "unhelpful" when Western media portray Rouhani as the "moderate" candidate.

"We will make every effort to fulfill promises we made to the people", the president was quoted by his official website as saying.

Trump has threatened to try to renegotiate the deal, which saw Iran accept curbs on its contested nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of some worldwide economic sanctions. "It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this very room", Trump said.

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