Iranian president: Trump's comments 'ignorant, absurd'
- Author: Rogelio Becker Sep 23, 2017,
Sep 23, 2017, 0:48
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"Well, I have decided", Trump said, adding that, "I'll let you know what the decision is".
"The activities we are sanctioning Iran for carrying out are not covered under the technical agreement, the JCPOA itself", he said. Its provisions keep Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for lifting heavy economic sanctions.
Trump said not only has the North Korean government starved its citizens and killed opponents, it was now threatening the world with "unthinkable loss of life".
These reportedly included that the IAEA inspect military sites in Iran, something which officials in Tehran have rejected.
When asked by reporters on Monday whether he plans to stay in the Iranian nuclear deal, Trump said, "You'll see very soon".
Rouhani rejected this, condemning what he said was "the ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric filled with ridiculously baseless allegations that were uttered before this august body yesterday".
"Exiting such an agreement would carry a high cost for the United States of America, and I do not believe Americans would be willing to pay such a high cost for something that will be useless for them", Rouhani told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
He added, cryptically: "I don't think you've heard the last of it, believe me".
USA officials have sent mixed signals about the nuclear agreement Iran hammered out with six major powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. "Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one".
Paris took one of the hardest lines against Tehran in the negotiations, but has been quick to restore trade ties and Macron has said repeatedly there is no alternative to the deal.
CHANG: OK, so President Trump called this deal an embarrassment, and he's signaling he might walk away from it. Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, told the United Nations that Trump will be blamed if the deal falls apart. Trump, a businessman and former reality TV star whose first elected office is the presidency, told reporters.
"We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilising activities while building risky missiles", Trump said.
Rouhani also told reporters that Iran has never sought a nuclear weapon, but raised the possibility that Iran could one day enrich uranium for energy purposes.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump's threatening approach. If it does not, the U.S. Congress has 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions waived under the deal. It'll come just a day after Trump delivered a blistering attack on Iran and the landmark 2015 nuclear deal - and sent strong signals he could walk away from that accord. According to the Ha'Aretz report, Netanyahu also met with the leaders of a number of Jewish American organizations which marked the first such meeting to take place since the Israeli government's decision earlier this summer to scrap a plan for establishing a permanent egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
It wasn't clear if Trump had made a final decision to leave or stick with the Iran deal.
"Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime", the USA president told the UN General Assembly hall.
"So after having reached an agreement for years and having obtained and ratified that agreement, we see today that the Americans are seeking an excuse in order to break this agreement", he said.
France, Russia, and Germany, however, rejected Trump's criticisms, defending a deal that they claim has worked to bolster global security.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has opened the highest-level meeting between US and Iranian officials since the start of the Trump administration.
"Those who threaten us with annihilation put themselves in peril", he said.