Trump’s baseless accusations to Iran not suitable for UN/JCPOA not negotiable/We will be decisive about JCPOA/If there’s no JCPOA, we will continue economic progress

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran returned to Tehran on Thursday evening to mark the end of a working trip and delivering a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Thu 21 - September 2017 - 17:22

Dr Hassan Rouhani was welcomed at Mehrabad Airport by the First Vice-president and Advisor to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in International Affairs.

In a brief interview with reporters, the president described the 72nd UN General Assembly different from the previous ones and said: “The summit is an opportunity to deliver the voice of the people of Iran to the world”.

Dr Rouhani said: “The difference of this year's summit with the previous ones was that there were only two people from more than 190 countries participating in the General Assembly whose words were against the rest of the members”.

“This is a less common issue in the history of the United States and the United Nations in which the President of the United States takes stances on a number of important issues and after that, the Prime Minister of the Zionist Regime repeats the same words, but no one endorses that statement,” the President added.

Dr Rouhani said: “Officials from other countries, and even heads of European countries, as well as the media and journalists, stated explicitly that they disagree with this statement and do not accept it”.

The president went on to say: “Trump made great mistakes and very groundless accusations that were neither appropriate to be said at the UN, nor suitable for a person who is the president of a country”.

Dr Rouhani further noted: “During the visit, the OIC Contact Group on Myanmar was held, which was a great summit. Meetings and talks were also held with senior US’ mass media directors, political officials, Muslim leaders from the United States, Iranians residing in US, and senior officials from different countries”.

“In all of these meetings and interviews, the stances of the Iranian nation were explained and described,” said Rouhani.

"On the other hand, there are some words coming from some people that the JCPOA is not a bad deal, but it should not be left in this way, and we have to negotiate so that it can become better, but in this case we explicitly told them that the deal was not negotiable," he said.

Dr Rouhani added: “In meetings with heads of European countries such as France, Britain, Sweden, Belgium, Austria and Bulgaria, they all emphasised its implementation and ruled out any return, negotiation and reform to it. In general, it can be said that JCPOA is an agreement that is approved and everybody should try to implement it”.

Stating that the Americans were seeking to induce that Iran seems to have fulfilled its commitments in the JCPOA, but it has problems with the spirit, Dr Rouhani said: “No one believed in this and everyone considered the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as the criterion, and the Agency has repeatedly stated several times that Iran has fully complied with its obligations”.

“Another thing that they were trying to do was to portray the role of Iran in the region as having negative impacts and suggest that Iran has exported terrorism. These are hideous, baseless words usually coming from those who don’t have information and knowledge in this regard,” continued the President.

Rouhani also said: “It is totally clear and natural that a person who does not know what the JCPOA is and is not familiar with legal matters, will make such errors”.

Referring to the words of Tramp as similar to old Israeli claims, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran went on to say: “The situation in the region is quite clear. Which important country in the region and the world does not believe Iran has an important role in the region”.

The president said: “Without Iran's support in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, today's achievements would not have been achieved, and this was something that, the leaders of all countries emphasised Iran's positive attitude and explicitly asked us what the solution to problems was”.

“Today no one tells Iran “why are you violating the laws and not complying with international regulations”, but asking what should be done on regional and international issues; and how we should push the United States to remain committed to international regulations”.

The president stated: "We will be decisive about the JCPOA, and if anyone wants to violates it, we will have all the options ahead and we will have no choice but to choose these options."

Stating that even if the JCPOA is not there, Iran will continue to develop economic progress, he said: “Because today we are in a new situation and various agreements with the countries around the world confirm this".

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