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The Iranian leaders remarks support recent comments by senior military leaders in the country, who have repeatedly declared that Iran will "never stop" developing ballistic missiles, a program that has raised concerns with the USA intelligence community, which assesses that Iran's missile program could be used to carry a nuclear weapon.

"I do not think the American people are ready to trade the lives they lost in September 11 with billions of dollars gained through weapons sales", Rouhani said.

Rejecting US warnings about testing missiles, Rouhani said Iran's weapons were defensive and the country would test them whenever it deemed necessary. The kingdom is already the biggest client for U.S. military exports.

Earlier this month, Trump ratcheted up tensions with Iran, announcing new sanctions on Iranian companies and individuals linked to the country's ballistic missile-building program.

Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani took barbed swipes at the U.S. and its ally Saudi Arabia on Monday, hitting back at both a day after President Donald Trump used his first foreign trip to the kingdom to call for further isolation of Iran. Kerry, who spent almost three decades in the Senate and chaired the Foreign Relations Committee, urged his former colleagues to consider the risk of undercutting the nuclear agreement by imposing new sanctions. In the same speech, Rouhani described the state of Israel as "a cancerous tumor" and accused the United States of "crimes and acts of aggression" in the Middle East, according to an account by Iran's government-run PressTV.

One veteran foreign policy adviser who is close to the White House told the Free Beacon that the Trump administration would not stand by as Iranian leaders mock and threaten the United States.

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The other is whether and how it is possible to establish a Palestinian state while ensuring the safety of Israel . The status of Jerusalem is the subject of a longstanding US policy debate - and it showed during Trump's trip.

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"As Secretary [Rex] Tillerson said, the Trump administration is now conducting a comprehensive review of our Iran policy", the official said.

Qassemi also said he was surprised to hear such comments being made at a country which has total disregard for worldwide law, is not committed to a Middle East without nuclear weapons, and is filled with nuclear warheads. He called on the world to isolate Iran.

Some held posters of former President Mohammad Khatami, who has been banned from appearing in the media by Iranian authorities, but who has spoken out in favour of Rouhani during the election.

In his Tuesday press conference, President Rouhani said, "US officials should know that whenever we need a missile test because of a technical aspect, we will test it and not wait for their permission". But the United States has long accused Iran of supplying missiles and other support to terrorist groups, and previous year, the Shi'ite terror organization Hezbollah confirmed that it receives virtually all of its financial backing, as well as missiles and other weapons, from Iran. "I hope he can build on the success of the nuclear agreement to deepen relations with the West and begin to bridge the sectarian chasm between Iran and its regional neighbours".

Hours after Mr Trump flew out of Israel, Avigdor Lieberman, the defence minister, said: "I'm not at peace with the arms race in the region".

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