Iran Lashes Out at 'Cowboy' Trump After UN Speech

In the midst of major global crises, from North Korean missile tests to the continuing fight against Islamic State, President Trump is seemingly obsessed with one foreign policy goal: undoing the July 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which eased worldwide sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program.

Lavrov, referring to Trump's speech, said that "if you simply condemn and threaten, then we're going to antagonize countries over whom we want to exert influence".

In any event, the U.S.

Other senior Iranian leaders, such as Rouhani's deputy chief of staff, took to Twitter to express anger at Trump and mock his remarks.

"Ugly, ignorant words were spoken by the USA president against the Iranian nation", said Rouhani in his own speech to the General Assembly, "full of hatred and baseless allegations". "The world will have lost an opportunity", he said.

He denied his country would be the first to violate the agreement but said Iran would "respond decisively and resolutely to its violation by any party". Trump has openly said if it were up to him, he would have already said the country has not complied.

Iranian leaders have vowed a harsh response should the United States move to leave the deal, and have hinted at more aggressive military moves against American interests in the region.

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. He added that it would be "pity" if the agreement is destroyed by "rogue" newcomers of the global politics.

Mr Trump has long condemned the nuclear deal concluded under Barack Obama, his predecessor in the White House.

Trump announced Wednesday morning that he has made his final call on whether the USA will stay in agreement, though he wouldn't say what it is.

"We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building risky missiles", Trump said.

Russia is concerned by Trump questioning the Iran nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Russian reporters at the United Nations in comments published by his ministry on Wednesday. "Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one".

On Twitter, Trump has referred to the agreement as "a direct national security threat", a "catastrophe that must be stopped", the "dumbest & most risky misjudgments ever entered into in history of our country" and "the best deal of any kind in history" for Iran.

If the United States scuttles the deal, the consequences will be drastic, not least for the cause of nuclear nonproliferation and America's global credibility.

The rhetorical threats have anxious the other countries in the agreement: Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation. The Iranians, in turn, have threatened to respond to any US pullout by restarting nuclear activities that could take them closer to bomb-making capability.

The next certification deadline is October 15, and several officials and people close to the matter have described Trump as determined to "decertify" Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal at that point.

  • Rogelio Becker