President Zuma congratulates the President of Iran on his election victory

Reformist candidates have swept municipal elections in the Iranian capital, taking all 21 seats in Tehran as moderate President Hassan Rouhani won a second term.

The Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the Syrian crisis should be resolved through peaceful means.

"My administration will do its best to eliminate the extreme poverty", Rouhani, who was re-elected to the second term on May 19, said during his first presser in Tehran on May 22, Trend's correspondent reported from the event.

Rouhani said that Iranians are "waiting for this (US) government to be civil" and that "hopefully, things will settle down ... so we could pass more accurate judgments".

But that alone isn't enough to President Donald Trump, whose praise for Saudi Arabia and its politics of oppression shows the president only knows the language of war.

"Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve", Trump said.

Mr Rouhani, who defeated challenger Ebrahim Raisi in Friday's presidential election, responded by ridiculing decades of United States strategy in the Middle East.

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It has been a famous victory even in the reckoning of Iran's adversaries, notably Saudi Arabia.

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 past year, in return for curbs on its nuclear programme. Under the agreement, Iran accepted to put limitations on its program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran. "But the foundation of power is national strength and this only happens through elections", Rouhani said. When they attacked Iraq, they made a mistake.

Unlike Saudi Arabia, which occasionally holds elections for municipal councils, Iran regularly holds elections for president, parliament and other posts.

"Yesterday, you said "no" to all those that wanted to go back to the past and stop our current progress", Rouhani said, adding that voters had chosen "interaction witht the rest of the world based on mutual respect".

A senior European Union diplomat said yesterday (17 January) that the foreign policy team of US President-elect Donald Trump had misunderstood the Iran nuclear deal and that it was not up for renegotiation. 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.

Iran, Russia and Turkey are now cooperating to restore ceasefire in order to create a calm situation for the people in Syria, he said.

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