'Ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times': Iran strongly criticises Trump

'Ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times': Iran strongly criticises Trump

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he has "decided" how he is going to proceed on the Iran nuclear deal struck by the Obama administration that he has long derided.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is to address the United Nations General Assembly, where anxious world leaders are fearful of a new stand-off even as they grapple with the North Korean menace.

Pressed on what that decision might be he said, "I will let you know".

Last week, Trump hinted that the U.S. might not recertify Iranian compliance with the nuclear agreement in October, adding that Tehran "violated the spirit of that deal".

Trump told the United Nations General Assembly earlier Tuesday that the nuclear agreement, dubbed as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is an "embarrassment" to the United States.

Taking further aim at Trump, Rouhani said "destruction" of the nuclear agreement by what he called "rogue newcomers to the world of politics'" will not impede Iran's course of progress and advancement.

And if the Trump administration believes its pullout "will bring pressure on Iran, then you can say they are completely and absolutely mistaken", he said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the United States would pay a "high price" should it decide to terminate the deal.

It seems Europe here plays a key role in convincing Trump to keep the deal, but President Hassan Rouhani, who is expected to respond to the American counterpart's remarks during his address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, appears to have hard days ahead to protect the deal. And Rouhani offered a subtle reminder that many countries already have businesses engaging with Iran - businesses that might stand to lose if the USA reimposes punishing sanctions.

North Korea has continued to develop its nuclear and missile programs despite sanctions and global condemnation.

Addressing the assembly at UN headquarters in New York, Mr Rouhani deplored "ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric" which was "unfit to be heard at the United Nations".

"We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building unsafe missiles, and we can not abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program", Trump told the assembly. But when he addressed the United Nations Tuesday, President Trump blasted the deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that Tehran was not deceived in the nuclear agreement and has not cheated or deceived anyone. "North Korea is a very good illustration of a "what if" regarding Iran", he said in an interview with CNN before his speech at the UN General Assembly.

Critics of the deal, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, worry that, once the main restrictions on Iran's nuclear program expire in 10 to 15 years, Tehran will be in a position to quickly develop an atomic weapon, if it wishes.

"But at the same time they are rapidly, rapidly deploying and developing a whole series of ballistic missiles and testing ballistic missiles at all ranges that provides significant concerns to not just the United States, but our allies", Hyten noted.



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