Iran Leader Rips Trump Speech as 'Ignorant, Absurd and Hateful'

"By reneging on its promises and violating global obligations, the new United States administration will only discredit itself globally and lose the trust of governments and nations in any future negotiations and commitments", the Iranian president said.

Donald Trump on Tuesday called Iran a "corrupt dictatorship" and an "economically depleted rogue state" whose main export was violence, during his first speech to the UN General Assembly.

"The ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric filled with ridiculously baseless allegations that was uttered before this august body was not only unfit to be heard at the United Nations", he said, "but indeed contradicted the demands of our nations from this world body to bring governments together to combat war and terror".

The accord - which was struck in 2015 under former US President Barck Obama - gave Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for more stringent controls and inspections on its nuclear programme.

Trump, a businessman and former reality TV star whose first elected office is the presidency, told reporters, "I have decided", when asked if he had made up his mind after having criticized the accord in his own United Nations speech on Tuesday.

Benjamin Netanyahu warned the world to "fix it or nix it" as he sought support to overturn the Iran nuclear agreement, which he said had unleashed a hungry tiger. Will Trump really break up with Iran?

French President Emmanuel Macron, also speaking to the General Assembly, defended the nuclear deal with Iran.

"We will stop radical Islamic terrorism, because we can not allow it to tear up our nation and, indeed, to tear up the entire world", said the president.

"I have said many times that the agreement is working fine, the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] confirmed several times that Iran is fulfilling its obligations", said Mogherini.

Officials representing parties who finalized the nuclear deal with Iran concluded Wednesday night the regime has not violated the terms of the agreement, but America may still ultimately withdraw from the arrangement. This was part of the deal, and we're not up for renegotiating.

The seven nations that negotiated the agreement met at the United Nations, marking the first time US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had met in the same room.

When asked if there was discussion of what would happen to the JCPOA if the USA were to withdraw from it, Mogherini replied, "No we didn't discuss that, but I can tell you, as Europeans here, I'm not speaking on behalf of all the others".

Meanwhile, a group of Iranian social media users have joined an online campaign to condemn the American leader's anti-Iran comments, though a group of users still express support for the United States president.

  • Rogelio Becker