Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran

Mr Rouhani also said Iran would continue its ballistic missile programme, which has been heavily criticised by the Trump administration.

Speaking after meeting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Mr Trump said the USA and Israel faced "common threats - from [IS] and other terrorist groups, to countries like Iran that sponsor terrorism and fund and foment bad violence". Rouhani said that Iranians are "waiting for this government to become stable intellectually" and that "hopefully, things will settle down.so we could pass more accurate judgments".

The president also said that the era of interfering in other countries' affairs, waging wars and funding terrorism is over and fighting terrorism is the only way ahead.

In exchange, the United States and the European Union lifted some of the sanctions that have crippled the country's economy.

He also slammed a recent summit in Riyadh, attended also by the U.S. president, as a theatrical gathering without any political or practical insight.

His comments followed fierce critism from the USA president during visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Could it be, for instance, on Rouhani's watch as a second-term President that Iran will come to terms with the ghosts of the 2009 Green Movement?

Fifty-six million people, in total, are reportedly eligible to vote in Iran. By all accounts, alongside Raisi, who won over 15 million votes, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei doesn't support Rouhani's vision either.

The council will choose a new mayor when it convenes, which it must do within 45 days of the results.

Iran's global relations have improved markedly since the nuclear deal was signed in July 2015 but they are still strained with the United States.

Paris, which is at odds with Iran over the crisis in Syria, took one of the hardest lines against Tehran during negotiations between Iran and major powers in 2015, but has been quick to restore trade ties. Earlier today, the two countries signed a defense agreement worth more than $100 billion that will upgrade Saudi Arabia's military capabilities, allowing it to better protect its borders and aid in the global fight against terrorism.

Rouhani, known as pragmatist and reformist has engaged his country in foreign policy changes. Our missiles are for peace and for defense ...