Iran’s newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani ridiculed US strategy in the Middle East, dismissing Donald Trump’s summit with Arab leaders as “just a show” and insisting that missile tests will continue.
“Our missiles are for our defence and for peace, they are not offensive. Know that while there is a technical need to conduct missile tests, we will do so and we will ask the permission of no one,” Rouhani told reporters in Tehran.
His comments followed fierce critism from the US president during visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel.
“Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon — never ever — and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias,” Trump said in Jerusalem.
Rouhani, who defeated hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi in Friday’s presidential election, responded by ridiculing decades of US strategy in the Middle East.
“When they attacked Afghanistan, they made a mistake. When they attacked Iraq, they made a mistake. When they imposed sanctions on us, they made a mistake,” he said.
“If you know of a case where America acted correctly, you tell me.”
“If American chooses another path, it will fail again. There is no doubt in this.”
He said Iran was still forming its judgement of the Trump administration.
“We are waiting for this government to settle… I hope it can settle so that we can have a better judgement about those in Washington,” said Rouhani.
Full article: Iran shrugs off Trump threats, missile tests to carry on (Spacewar)