Rouhani hits back at Trump in UN speech

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept 20 (APP): Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on
Wednesday hit back at US President Donald Trump, referring to Trump’s
fiery remarks against Iran role in the region before the U.N. as “ignorant, absurd and hateful.”
Rouhani did not mention Trump by name but his remarks were clearly
directed at the U.S. leader.
In his debut speech to the UN on Tuesday, President Trump included Iran
among a “small group of rogue regimes”. He described the nuclear deal as
an “embarrassment” to the United States.
Rouhani responded by referring to a “rogue newcomer to international
politics”.
THe Iranian president said during a speech to the 193-mmber Assembly
that the United States would “destroy its own credibility” by quitting the nuclear deal made under former President Barack Obama.
“I declare before you that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not be the
first country to violate the agreement,” Rouhani said. “But it will respond decisively and resolutely to its violation by any party.”
“It will be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by rogue
newcomers to the world of politics: the world will have lost a great opportunity,” Rouhani said.
In his much-anticipated speech, Rouhani characterized his country’s
policy as moderate in comparison to Trump’s combative talk before the U.N. on Tuesday.
“We are not preaching moderation,” Rouhani said. “We are practicing
it.”
Rouhani made his remarks a day after Trump’s debut U.N. General Assembly
speech in which he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if it continued to pose a threat to the United States and described the nuclear deal as an “embarrassment.”
Under the 2015 deal, Iran agreed to suspend its nuclear weapons
programme in exchange for lifting sanctions.
Trump has been sharply critical of the Iran nuclear deal and has broadly
hinted that his administration would withdraw from it. Other signatories include Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.
Trump on Tuesday said Iran’s government “has turned a wealthy country
with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos.”