Rouhani: US to destroy its credibly if quits Iran deal
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at his US counterpart after Donald Trump called the Iran nuclear deal “an embarrassment to the United States.”
Addressing the UN general assembly on Wednesday he said if the US backs out of the 2015 nuclear agreement, it will destroy its credibility.
“By violating its international commitments, the new US administration only destroys its own credibility and undermines international confidence in negotiating with it, or accepting its word or promise,” Rouhani said.
The Iranian president called Trump and his administration “rogue newcomers to the world of politics” who seek to dismantle the landmark deal.
He said “Iran will not be the first country to violate the agreement but it will respond decisively and resolutely to its violation by any party”.
Rouhani noted that “the deal is the outcome of two years of intensive multilateral negotiations, overwhelmingly applauded by the international community and endorsed by the Security Council as a part of Resolution 2231. As such, it belongs to the international community in its entirety, and not to only one or two countries”.
Under the framework of agreement between Iran and six world powers — the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany — Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of some economic sanctions.
Trump and his top diplomats have threatened to withdraw from the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Rouhani hailed the JCPOA, saying it “can become a new model for global interactions; interactions based on mutual constructive engagement”.
The Iranian president referred to Trump’s anti-Iran remarks at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday as “ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric, filled with ridiculously baseless allegations”.
He underscored that Iran’s defense capabilities, including its missiles, are “solely defensive deterrents for the maintenance of regional peace and stability and the prevention of adventurist tendencies of irrational aspirants”.
Rouhani maintained that Iran never seeks to “achieve deterrence through nuclear weapons.”
He also said the US “should explain to its own people why, after spending billions of dollars of the assets of the people of America and of our region, instead of contributing to peace and stability, it has only brought war, misery, poverty and the rise of terrorism and extremism to the region”.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani “moderation is the inclination as well as the chosen path of the great Iranian people”.
“The path of moderation is the path of peace; but a just and inclusive peace: not peace for one nation, and war and turmoil for others. Moderation is freedom and democracy; but in an inclusive and comprehensive manner: not purporting to promote freedom in one place while supporting dictators elsewhere. Moderation is the synergy of ideas and not the dance of swords and finally, the path of moderation nurtures beauty. Deadly-weapons exports are not beautiful; rather, peace is.”