In light of the recent arms deal between Saudi Arabia and the US worth over $100 billion, Iran is accusing the US of spreading fear against it throughout the Middle East.
His reaction comes after Trump singled out Iran as a key sponsor of militant groups and signed an arms deal worth billions of dollars with Saudi Arabia.
Trump singled out Iran as a key source of funding and support for militant groups and his words aligned with the views of his Saudi Arabian hosts.
President Trump has called on the new Iranian president to stop supporting activities creating instability in the Middle East.
With Hassan Rouhani re-elected, French President Emmanuel Macron has high hopes of better economic and cultural ties with Iran
Hassan Rouhani got 58.5% percent of the votes, while conservative candidate Ebrahim Raisi came in with a distant 39%.
The big turnout favoured Rouhani, whose backers’ main worry has been apathy among reformist voters disappointed with the slow pace of change.
A high voter turnout in urban areas, where 70% of the population resides, is being seen as key to Hassan Rouhani’s re-election. But in rural areas, where voting turnout is typically high, Ebrahim Raisi’s platform of economic misery and more cash-handouts could find a resonance.
Two recent rallies in Tehran highlighted just how different the two candidates’ supporters and their concerns for the country are.
The election TV debates have shown the candidates to be out of touch and none of them seem able to articulate a programme to remedy the structure and perpetuation of social inequality.
Qalibaf, a former Revolutionary Guards commander and police chief, was one of the main conservative challengers to Rouhani – a pragmatist seeking a second term.
It is possible that Trump’s policy will push Iran to conduct more ballistic missile tests, get more involved in Yemen and play a counterproductive role in Iraq.
“This election is a real confrontation between a real Islamic Republic and a ceremonial one,” said Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karoubi.
Former president Mohammad Khatami reached out to voters through social media to gather support for Rouhani in upcoming Iran elections.
The Yemeni government rejected the new council formed by several senior figures that seek the secession of southern Yemen, saying it would deepen divisions.
Rouhani is trying to hold on to office by seeking support from reformist voters who are disillusioned by the economy and the slow pace of social reforms.
The number of women registering to run as candidates in Iran’s May 19 local elections is encouraging and it presents Iranians with the chance to reshape their government by putting more women in politics.
The supreme leader’s remarks criticising Rouhani’s promotion of a “Western influenced” education plan came ahead of the polls in which Rouhani seeks re-election.
The initiative was proposed by Russia, President Bashar al-Assad’s most powerful ally, with the support of Turkey and Iran, Assad’s other major ally.
Rouhani responded to the challenges posed over the nuclear deal payoff by saying oil prices have surged and the economy just needed more time to recover.
Rouhani has already won the backing of former president Mohammad Khatami, considered the spiritual leader of the reformists, who declared his support on his website on May 2.
Syria’s armed opposition rejected a Russian plan of creating safe zones in Syria, calling it a threat to the country’s territorial integrity.
With unilateral US sanctions still in place, Ebtekar said voters understood that it was not Rouhani’s fault that the nuclear deal had yet to improve their daily lives.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei played down the benefits of Rouhani’s landmark agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear activities in return for a lifting of international sanctions.
The Pentagon’s tally is far lower than the estimate of outside groups. Monitoring group Airwars claims more than 3,000 civilians have been killed.
Hardliners attacked pragmatist Rouhani’s economic record and said that the Islamic Republic would be harmed if he was re-elected.
He said that Iran’s economy had improved since his election but his views clash with Khamenei and other hardliners who dislike his policy towards the West.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei told presidential candidates to champion economic self-sufficiency and be less engaged with the opening up to the West.
Iranian media have said she was convicted of plotting the “soft overthrow” of Iran’s clerical establishment.
Pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani is seeking re-election against hardline rivals who have been gearing up for a political showdown.
The US accused Tehran of not living up to the spirit of the accord and Iran’s top diplomat urged Washington to fulfil its own commitments.
The approval of Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, and Ebrahim Raisi, a political hardliner thought to have the backing of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sets up a showdown between rival political camps.
Officials said it did not appear that the Iran-backed Houthis would come to the negotiating table under the current circumstances and there needed to be more military pressure on the group.
According to Trump’s administration, the existing deal had ignored all other threats that Iran posed and only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state.
Tehran has kept up its part in the deal to rein in its nuclear programme but there are still concerns that it is sponsoring militant activity and terrorism.
In conversation with analyst Muhammad Sahimi on Iran’s upcoming presidential elections, the country’s deep state, the nuclear deal with the US and the Trump administration’s state.
Prominent conservatives have, however thrown their weight behind Rouhani, who has a policy of open-mindedness towards the West, which would benefit Iran.
Although the move was seen as an attempt to bolster an ally’s candidacy, it was also a challenge to the authority of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav has been sentenced to death by Pakistan. Siddharth Varadarajan and Devirupa Mitra discuss how this decision may impact Indo-Pak relations.
Pakistan has sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for alleged espionage.