Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

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

The Yomiuri ShimbunIt can be said that Iranian voters have placed their trust in a policy of pulling the country out of worldwide isolation and promoting economic reconstruction. Due to low oil prices, the government made decision on unprecedented increase in oil production, raising it to 3.7 million barrels per day (Iran's announced goal is to increase oil production to 4 million barrels per day).

Addressing his first press conference after being re-elected as Iran's president, Rouhani said that Tehran has always favoured good ties with the regional and global countries. If a return to the Saudi embrace creates additional tensions and a collapse of the JCPOA, it could push Iran to cross the nuclear threshold with much wider regional implications. His electorate has noticeably expanded compared to the results of 2013 elections: if in 2013 he gained just over 50%, this time he was supported by 57% of voters. Gen. Massoud Jazayeri, refuted the comments by the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for urging a policy shift in Tehran's conduct during President Hassan Rouhani's second term. Iran's high literacy (especially among women)-unlike Pakistan's relatively low one-dictated moderation.

Iran, which held presidential elections Friday, is a sharp contrast, Zarif noted, to the inherited monarchy that rules in Saudi Arabia. Rouhani, a cleric whose administration struck the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers, decisively won a second term in Friday's election.

The South African leader undertook a state visit to Iran in April 2016, where he held fruitful talks with Rouhani, and witnessed the signing of several deals covering energy resources, finance, trade and industry, water and sanitation, education and research and arts and culture. And it is here that the intensifying post-deal battle between hardliners and those cautious reformers within the regime who remain wedded to the Islamic Republic but want improved relations with the West, is most obviously seen. Talking to RFE/RL's Armenian service (Azatutyun.am), majority said they had voted for continued reforms.

It is incumbent upon Iran's recently re-elected President Hassan Rouhani to show he can rein in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Shiite militant forces they arm and fund to destabilize the region, Shahbandar added. "Iran has stood by their side and continues to do so", he said.

Mr. Rouhani's principal challenge will be to sustain economic growth and nudge the reform process forward in order to tackle unemployment, now running at over 12%, and higher among the youth.

Mr Trump said shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of "terrorists and militias".

French carmakers PSA PEUP.PA and Renault RENA.PA are taking advantage of their lack of USA operations by piling into a resurgent Iranian market that is still off-limits to rivals fearful that Trump's administration will impose sanctions.

Like Rouhani, Zarif has raised the sticking point of 911.

Ultimate power in Iran rests not with the president but with the supreme leader, who is chosen by a clerical panel and has the final say over all matters of state. Rouhani does not offer genuine democratic change and thus lacks the popular support garnered by 2009 candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi or former president Mohammad Khatami. After all, this is what this presidential election was really about.

Boilerplate diplomatic language or not, it was a refreshing change even if interrupted in the continued din of media snarling and sniping back home.

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