Tuesday 20 March 2018

'He is a political novice' - Iran ramps up criticism of Trump's 'Muslim ban'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Credit: Vahid Salemi (AP)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Credit: Vahid Salemi (AP)
President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, before signing an executive order. Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bozorgmehr Sharafedin

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani dismissed his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump as a political novice on Wednesday, stepping up criticism of Washington's temporary travel ban on Iranians and citizens of six other Muslim-majority countries

"Today is not time for separating people," Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television.

Trump signed an order on Friday suspending the entry of people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days. Admission of all refugees was halted for four months, and for Syrians indefinitely.

"He (Trump) is new to politics. He has been in a different world. It's a totally new environment to him. It will take him a long time and will cost the United States a lot, until he learns what is happening in the world," Rouhani added.

Iran has said it will take legal, political and reciprocal measures in response to Trump's order.


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