Temperate note: Trump's speech in Riyadh nails terrorism, but fumbles on Iran

Iran's coalition of reformists and moderates has swept to power in major cities across the country, results showed Monday, redrawing the political map and amplifying the resounding re-election of President Hassan Rouhani.

Tillerson said a centerpiece of US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia was to curb any threats to the region posed by Iran, adding that the deals agreed to by both sides send a "strong message to our common enemies".

Iran has accused the United States of selling arms to "dangerous terrorists" in the Middle East - a day after President Donald Trump signed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

He said the only sensible move by Washington was the nuclear deal it signed with Iran in 2015, when the USA "talked with respect" and reached a "win-win result".

'When they attacked Afghanistan [and] Iraq, when they made sanctions against Iran.

'Hopefully, things will settle down... so we could pass more accurate judgments, ' Rouhani said.

Trump's first trip overseas has highlighted the extent to which strident opposition to Iran now serves as an organizing principle in his efforts to remake America's relationship with the Middle East. "Those who fund terrorists can not claim they are fighting against them", he said.

While the terms of the deal will require that Trump issue more waivers and certify Iran's compliance, he is also expected to continue targeting Iranian individuals and entities involved in "missile, illicit financing and terrorist activities". "We hope Europe does not fall into the trap of countries that promote their wrong interpretations of the region", Rouhani was also quoted as saying.

On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif lashed at Trump for appeasing Saudi Arabia.

In a telephone call, Rouhani told France's new president Emmanuel Macron he was hopeful that Europe would not copy Trump's stance against the Islamic Republic.

Iran has always favored good ties with the regional and global countries, he said. Many Iranians were disappointed when the lifting of economic sanctions as part of the 2015 nuclear deal did not trickle down to improve their lives-something Rouhani had promised.

Rouhani also defended Iran's ballistic missile program, which has been highly opposed by the Trump administration.

"The problem is that the Americans do not know our region and those who advise USA officials are misleading them".

"Our missiles are for defense and peace", Rouhani said, adding that the USA expectations from Iran to halt its defensive missile program is "an illusion".

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