Iran leader Rouhani critical of 'hateful' Trump address to UN

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2017

President Donald Trump refused to share with world leaders his final decision on whether to scrap an global agreement made with Iran on its nuclear program, the U.S.' top diplomat told reporters late Wednesday.

The president added that if the USA pulls out of the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran's commitments "would no longer exist" and it would be free to pursue a new path.

"I declare before you that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not be the first country to violate the agreement, but it will respond decisively and resolutely to its violation by any parter", he pledged.

After speaking with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting, Trump was asked by reporters if he'd made up his mind on the deal, which he called an "embarrassment" to the a speech on Tuesday.

Matters were no clearer after Iran and the world powers that negotiated the deal - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - met for talks that a European source said included a long discussion between the U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers.

He also stated that US President Donald Trump's speech was "unfounded before the General Assembly".

Rouhani said every single word of the nuclear deal has been drafted carefully.

KELEMEN: Well, the EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, who chaired it came out, calling it frank, which is kind of diplo-speak for tough.

He stressed that "Iran does not seek to export the revolution by force of arms".

On Wednesday, Trump told reporters that he had reached a decision, but did not elaborate.

The agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is working fine, and Tehran is fulfilling its obligations.

"I want to stress that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is an important outcome of multilateralism", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang during a press conference.

European countries stand by the deal, agreed to by Iran, the U.S., China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the European Union.

The deal stipulates that the US will unfreeze tens of billions of dollars of Iran's assets if the country reduces its number of uranium enrichment centrifuges and shrinks its uranium stockpile by 98%.

"We have all agreed that all sides are implementing so far the agreement", she said adding that the agreement had been eight times confirmed by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency).

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