Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran

The Iranian president championed a nuclear deal with the United States and five other major powers in 2015 that led to the lifting of most sanctions against Iran a year ago, in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.

Iran accused the United States on Monday of selling arms to "dangerous terrorists" in the Middle East and of spreading "Iranophobia" aimed at encouraging Arab states to purchase arms, state television reported.

The Republican congress and the Trump Presidency in the United States will not be almost as willing to cut deals with the Iran - already negotiating large arms sales to Iran's main political opponent Saudi Arabia. "We are waiting for the new USA administration to find stability and continuity in its policies", Rouhani said.

But in a reminder of the worldwide pressure that Iran faces, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said yesterday Teheran must stop supporting armed groups in Syria and Iraq that destabilise the Middle East if it wants good relations with the West. "It is not possible to fight terrorism with precisely these kinds of shows". It was Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Russian Federation. "Those who fund terrorists can not claim they are fighting against them", he said.

Already fragile diplomatic and trade ties between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia-dominated Iran were severed a year ago, after Saudi Arabia executed a Shia cleric and as a result protesters ransacked the Saudi embassy in Iran.

Tehran and Riyadh are involved in proxy wars across the region, backing opposite sides in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon.

"Buying arms or building weapons won't make a country powerful".

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The Iranian president, however, did not rule out a meeting with his United States counterpart. "But the foundation of power is national strength and this is only achieved through elections", Rouhani asserted. "When they attacked Afghanistan (and) Iraq, when they made sanctions against Iran".

He said Iran welcomed better relations with its regional neighbours and pledged to fulfill his campaign promises of opening Iran to the world and delivering freedoms to the Iranian people.

"Battlelines are being drawn and it's worrying, especially when it comes just a day after the election victory of Rouhani which showed a real dynamic in favour of democratisation and opening in Iranian society", said Azadeh Kian of Sciences Po University in Paris.

Iran's presidential and council elections were held alongside each other on Friday.

According to the official Islamic Republic News Agency, Deputy Trade Minister Mansour Moazzami said the surge in interest since sanctions relief emerged in 2016 might not last and the country requires "an investment of $30 billion in its offshore sector".

For oil markets, a Raisi win would have posed high risk to the Iran nuclear deal that lifted sanctions and added about 1 million b/d of Iranian crude exports to global markets, Hedgeye Potomac Research had said in a note last week. "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. Our missiles are for peace and for defense ...

"America's dream on ending Iran's missile programme will never come true".

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