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UNGA: Iran Replies Trump, 'Your Hate Speech Belongs In Medieval Times'

23 September 2017

TILLERSON: As a long-time negotiator, I learned to never say never.

Iran promised to halt its nuclear program in 2015 as part of a deal with the five permanent UN Security Council members - the US, France, the UK, China, and Russian Federation - and Germany.

The resolution also condemns Iran for ballistic missile-testing, weapons smuggling and support for terrorism, among other acts, but at the same time, lays out a plan for a complete lifting of sanctions.

During a speech earlier to the General Assembly, Rouhani warned the audience that "the Islamic Republic of Iran will not be the first country to violate the agreement".

Rouhani, addressing the General Assembly, said it would be a pity if the deal were "destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics".

Future of the deal?

Trump delivered a scathing verbal attack against Iran in his maiden speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. "What it is is a clear signal that he's not happy with the deal and that the United States is not safer because of it", she said on "CBS This Morning".

In a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other Cabinet officials first reported by Reuters, the lawmakers said the administration had not provided any such information, as is required under the 2015 Iran Nuclear Review Act.

The Iranian president also said that he believes most countries in the United Nations support the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump, who on Tuesday called the 2015 worldwide accord "an embarrassment", said he had made up his mind whether to keep the pact but declined to disclose his decision.

KELEMEN: Secretary Tillerson says Iran may be technically complying, but he says Iran is violating the spirit of the deal and he's raising concerns that the limits on Iran's nuclear deal are phased-out over time. If it fails to do so, Congress could re-introduce sanctions dropped when the accord was implemented. If US lawmakers reimpose economic sanctions the agreement would likely collapse.

The deal was brokered by the United States, Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France.

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Lavrov's comments, made to Russian reporters at the United Nations in NY and published by his ministry on Wednesday, illustrate how deeply Moscow and Washington are at odds over an array of issues and suggest any attempts to improve already battered relations face an uphill struggle.

Rouhani, whose government still fends off criticism from Iranian hardliners opposed to the plan, cast it as a template for global peace deals. Rouhani has not made his views clear.

"We will act to prevent Iran from establishing permanent military bases in Syria for its air, sea and ground forces", he said, also vowing to prevent Iran from producing any weapons that could hit the Jewish state.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump's threatening approach.

The Republican president, who has called the agreement struck under his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, "the worst deal ever negotiated", made no secret of his views during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports that President Trump leaves little doubt about what he thinks of the deal.

What's new, he said, is that Iran says its ballistic missiles can carry multiple warheads and maybe several cluster bombs.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is chairing the closed-door meeting to discuss the 2015 deal that President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap unless it is re-opened for negotiations.

"We believe that it must be strictly reinforced".

Rowhani then told reporters at a news conference that the Iranian people are waiting for an apology from Trump for his "extremely offensive" rhetoric and baseless allegations.

And he made the point that the deal is not just the purview of the United States, but was arrived at by a number of countries.

Trump must next certify by October 15 if Iran is complying with the deal, and officials have said Trump may use that occasion to declare Iran in violation.

"Unfortunately, this is what [U.S.] governments in the past did with North Korea", he said.

UNGA: Iran Replies Trump, 'Your Hate Speech Belongs In Medieval Times'