Iranian President lashes out at Trump and Israel

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at US President Donald Trump for his “ignorant and spiteful” comments against the Iran.

Delivering a speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, President Rouhani said the “ignorant, ugly, spiteful literature of the US president, which was full of false information and groundless allegations against the Iranian nation” were beneath the dignity of the United Nations.

During his speech on Tuesday, Trump accused Iran of engaging in “destabilising activities” in the Middle East.

He also claimed that Iran’s “support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its financing.”

Trump also denounced the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, including the US, as “an embarrassment” that Washington may abandon. He said the Iran deal was “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”

In response, Rouhani said that the Iranian nuclear deal was an international agreement backed by a UN Security Council resolution. Rouhani also responded to the US threat to scrap the deal, saying Iran would respond to any breach of it.

Elsewhere in his speech, Rouhani talked about Iran’s defense power, including its missile programme, reassuring the global community that Iran’s military might would be only a deterrent and would be aimed at restoring regional peace and stability.

The Iranian president also lashed out at Israel, saying it was not acceptable that the Zionist regime, which violates international law and whose nuclear weapons pose a threat to the region and the entire world, advises peace-loving nations.

Rouhani said Iran was in the forefront of the fight against extremism and terrorism, stressing the Islamic Republic sought a secure region and welcomed cooperation with other countries to that end.

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