Rouhani at United Nations defends Iran nuclear deal against 'rogue newcomers'

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CHANG: The deal limits Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

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Meanwhile, the European Union has shown concern at Trump's stance on the deal, with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini telling journalists in NY on Monday that the achievement in striking the agreement belongs to the global community and not just the US.

Rouhani further said no one can argue that "Iran should not defend itself or manufacture the weapons it needs while regional countries are in possession of state-of-the-art weapons". "President Trump spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world and issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity".

The US and Iran will have their highest-level interaction of Trump's presidency at the United Nations meetings this week.

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President Trump arrives to the UNGA with First Lady Melania Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley ahead of his speech.

Trump on Tuesday called the agreement with Iran an embarrassment and "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the US has ever entered into". The White House continues to assert that the president will not change his position on pulling out of the landmark environmental deal, unless the conditions changed for the benefit of the U.S.

On Syria, Trump defended the US attack on an air force base earlier this year in the wake of a chemical weapons attack.

"Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity and peace for themselves and for the world", Trump said.

And he hinted that his administration, which has accused Tehran of aiding terrorism in the Middle East, could soon declare Iran out of compliance with the deal. Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah share that goal.

President Trump Godfrey Onyeama Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister and President Buhari
President Trump Godfrey Onyeama Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister and President Buhari

Trump and Netanyahu were also meeting on the day that, according to a senior Israeli officer, Israel and its USA ally opened their first joint missile defense base.

He condemned the decades-long criticisms that have emanated from the United Nations against Israel.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would not be intimidated by threats as he promised to stick with the 2015 nuclear pact.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he had "decided" on the Iranian nuclear deal and will let people know about it, a day after he described the agreement as the "worst" and "one-sided transactions" that America has ever entered into.

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 US and Iranian foreign ministers.

He lavished plenty of praise on Trump in his speech.

"Maduro has inflicted awful pain and suffering on good people of his country", said Mr. Trump of the dictator.

Rouhani also raised concerns about terror attacks by Pakistani-based terror groups against Iranian soil, calling on Islamabad to identify those terrorists and prevent their anti-Iran moves.

Rouhani called out Trump indirectly when speaking to the General Assembly, describing his speech as "ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric filled with baseless allegations" that contradicted the spirit of the United Nations, which he called a "world body to bring governments together to combat war and terror".

"I do not believe Americans would be willing to pay such a high cost for something that will be useless for them", he said.

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