'Ignorant, Absurd, Hateful Rhetoric' - Iran's President on Trump's UN Speech

Frederick Owens
September 21, 2017

Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech to the United Nations that his country was firmly against the Iran nuclear deal.

"Ugly, ignorant words were spoken by the United States president against the Iranian nation".

Critics of the deal, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, worry that, once the main restrictions on Iran's nuclear program expire in 10 to 15 years, Tehran will be in a position to quickly develop an atomic weapon, if it wishes. Trump has sent strong signals that he could walk away from the seven-nation agreement, which would potentially lead to new US sanctions on Iran and its global trading partners.

"Ugly, ignorant words were spoken by the US president against the Iranian nation", said Rouhani in his own speech to the General Assembly, "full of hatred and baseless allegations". "I'll let you know what the decision is", he said.

President Trump says he has made up his mind about whether the US will honor the Iran nuclear deal - but he's keeping his decision to himself. Fixing the deal requires many things, among them inspecting military and any other site that is suspect, and penalizing Iran for every violation.

In any event, the U.S.

The Iranian president also ruled out talks with Washington on renegotiating the agreement. In the current environment, however, it is anything but ordinary.

Rouhani continued by defending his country's participation in the nuclear agreement and offered a threat directed towards the USA, saying that Iran "will respond decisively and resolutely to its violation by any party".

Trump hinted in his speech to the annual gathering of world leaders that he may not recertify the agreement, negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

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"By violating its worldwide commitments, the new USA administration only destroys its own credibility and undermines global confidence in negotiating with it or accepting its word or promise", Rouhani said.

"It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained", Trump said.

The White House said last month Iran was complying with the deal, but Mr Trump has said the country is violating its spirit.

Trump's withering critique in his own speech included an accusation that Iran's government "masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy", while ruthlessly represses its people.

"We don't think Trump will walk out of the deal despite (his) rhetoric and propaganda", Rouhani said.

"Taking a definitive stand against Trump is only the beginning of the path", said General Mohammad Ali Jafari, according to Sepah News, the news site of the Revolutionary Guards. We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.

Under the agreement between Iran and six major powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - the Iranian government agreed to restrict its nuclear programme in return for western countries loosening economic sanctions.

Yet Trump has repeatedly said he believes Iran is violating the agreement.

Iran rejects the idea that it has broken the agreement, and a United Nations report this month pointed to no Iranian violations.

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