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Iran pushes back on Trump's United Nations attack

24 September 2017

Federica Mogherini, the European Union foreign policy chief, agreed with the Iranian diplomat in saying that "there is no need to renegotiate".

On Wednesday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani warned that his country will "respond decisively" to any violation of the agreement that reins in its nuclear program and called Trump's "ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric" about Iran unfit for the United Nations.

The deal was "overwhelmingly applauded by the worldwide community and endorsed as part of Resolution 2231" adopted by the Security Council, Rouhani told the General Assembly.

Should Trump say that Iran is not in compliance with the 2015 deal, Congress would have 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions waived under the deal. No doubt, Mr. Trump's continued attack on the Iran deal pleases hard-line supporters at home as well as Arab allies and Israel in West Asia.

On Sept. 18, Trump blasted the JCPOA during a speech before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Its provisions keep Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for lifting heavy economic sanctions.

"This is what I proposed to the two presidents (american and iranian) and I will be committed to find an agreement on this basis".

He said he favored "an open discussion with Iran about the current situation in the region". "I knew he had, but I didn't know he was going to say he had".

"The fact is the cooperation between the regime in Tehran and Pyongyang has been close for many, many years and whatever accomplishments North Korea makes in the nuclear and ballistic missile fields, the Ayatollahs can have the next day by writing a check that's large enough", he said. If the serious about non-proliferation, it should use the Iran deal to resolve other complex worldwide conflicts.

"I think it would be a mistake just to abandon the nuclear agreement without anything else", French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters earlier Wednesday.

The end of the Wednesday program was attending a press conference, and immediately afterwards, the president and his accompanying delegation left for New York's John F. Kennedy airport to return to Tehran on an nearly 14-hour flight.

Gabriel told reporters any U.S. move to cancel the Iran deal and impose new sanctions on Tehran would discourage powers such as North Korea from negotiating an end to their own nuclear programmes.

In an interview with CNN, he called for a new agreement to monitor Iran's new missile development.

Iran pushes back on Trump's United Nations attack