Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran

He also won a clear mandate to push through domestic reforms and pursue talks with the West, building on the nuclear deal he negotiated with world powers. He obtained 57.13 percent of the ballots by garnering over 23 million votes. His main challenger, hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi, received 38 percent.

The result meant that conservatives have been knocked from power in the capital for the first time in 14 years. A court has banned quoting or naming Khatami on air.

Tillerson called on Iran to changes its policies if it truly seeks to change its relationship with the rest of the world.

An arms deal worth almost $110 billion that Saudi Arabia and the United States signed Saturday is meant to counter Iran's "malign" influence in the region, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

The president added that "the issue of terrorism can not be solved through giving money to superpowers". His defeat leaves the conservatives without an obvious flag bearer.

Trump was earlier critical of former president Obama's administration for lifting economic sanctions from Iran. They had thrown their support behind Raisi to safeguard their interests.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has described relations with the United States as "a curvy road".

Some youngsters wore wristbands in violet, the color of Rouhani's campaign.

"We won. We've done what we should have for our country".

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"We didn't leave Mashhad, we took it back", chanted young people in the holy city of Mashhad, Raisi's hometown.

Rouhani, who has been critical of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), may face further pressure in his second term as he accused the IRGC militants with "cutting out tongues and sewing mouths shut".

The president, known for decades as a conciliatory figure, remade himself on the campaign trail as a reformist political street fighter, accusing hardliners of brutality and corruption in language that frequently strained at the boundaries of what is permitted in Iran.

But hard-liners still wield power in other ways in modern Iran.

"The administration of president Rouhani successfully managed to implement nearly all the points of the country's foreign policy agenda in the past years".

The head of the Iranian atomic energy agency (AEOI) said Saturday (29 April) that his country will honour its commitments to its nuclear agreement regardless of who wins the presidential election on 19 May. He'll serve another four years in the post.

Trump has also signed an arms deal with Saudi. "It wasn't the Iraqis, it was Saudi - take a look at Saudi Arabia, open the documents".

The strategy will formulate different ways to counter extremism and terrorism, increase the Kingdom's defense capabilities and design joint defense cooperation.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today that the Saudi. "We continue to base our Iran policy on its deeds".