Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Iranian President Slams Trump's UN Speech, Calling It 'Ignorant, Absurd, Hateful'

Iranian President Slams Trump's UN Speech, Calling It 'Ignorant, Absurd, Hateful'

US President Donald Trump told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran was an "embarrassment" and the "worst ever".

During his own speech to the UN General Assemby, Mr Rouhani said that if the United States decides to scrap the deal negotiated by the Obama administration, the nation would only demolish its own credibility.

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

Under the nuclear deal, Iran surrendered much of its enriched uranium, dismantled a reactor and submitted nuclear sites to United Nations inspection, while Washington and Europe lifted some sanctions.

For the first time since he took office, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met face-to-face with his Iranian counterpart, the Iranian foreign minister.

Rouhani, addressing the General Assembly, said it would be a pity if the deal were "destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics".

Rouhani's predecessors and Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have said they regard the entirety of Israel as illegitimate.

"We were able to agree on mutually acceptable dates and deadlines, so this agreement is not something you can touch". The Iranian president also said that he believes most countries in the United Nations support the Iran nuclear deal.

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"We could begin a process of dialogue on what comes next after the deal", Rice said on MSNBC Wednesday.

"I have decided", Trump said.

According to a translation, Abbas told Trump that Palestinian representatives have "met with your courageous and active delegation more than 20 times since your ascension to power in the White House", calling it an indication of "how serious you are about peace in the Middle East". Lavrov, referring to Trump's speech, said that "if you simply condemn and threaten, then we're going to antagonize countries over whom we want to exert influence".

"When we look at the history of North Korea's weapons development programme, in many senses we've seen this before agreements that just simply pushed it to another government, another administration, to deal with", he said.

Trump as a candidate and President has been unwavering in his condemnation of the deal, which was signed under former President Barack Obama in 2015.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in the Islamic Republic, also criticised Trump during a meeting yesterday with the Assembly of Experts, a body tasked with choosing the next Supreme Leader.

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