At the United Nations in New York yesterday, Donald Trump castigated Iran, calling it a “murderous regime” and labeling the Iran-West nuclear deal negotiated by Barrak Obama in 2015 an “embarrassment.”
During his first address to the United Nations General Assembly as President, Trump said: “Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it. Believe me.”
The President called Iran a brutal and repressive regime: “It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. And above all, Iran’s government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbours.”
Trump also accused Iran of expansionism in the Middle East and of propping up Bashar al Assad’s regime in Syria.
The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that not implementing the 2015 nuclear deal would mean America paying a “high cost.” During an interview in New York, he said: “I do not believe Americans would be willing to pay such a high cost for something that will be useless for them.”
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany signed the nuclear agreement on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016. Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that US President Donald Trump’s UN address is not worth of a reply.
“Trump’s ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times – not the 21st century UN – unworthy of a reply,” Zarif tweeted on Tuesday. “Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one,” he stressed.
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