Thursday, 29 March, 2018

Iran’s President Rouhani slams US ‘lack of compliance’ with nuclear deal


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States Thursday of “a lack of compliance” with the nuclear deal agreed between Tehran and world powers last July.

Speaking to global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Rouhani then attacked the US for what he described as “illegal actions,” referring to the US Supreme Court decision in April to allow US victims of terror to claim nearly $2 billion in compensation from Iran’s central bank.

The decision allows impounded Iranian assets to be distributed to more than 1,000 US survivors of terror attacks for which the US deems Iranian groups responsible.

Rouhani blamed the ruling on the influence of “Zionist pressure groups” in Washington.

The ability of Iran and world powers to negotiate the deal indicates “the success we can achieve through moderation, constructive interaction, dialogue — the policy that brought an end to a long, complicated and unnecessary crisis by adopting a win-win approach,” he told the gathered international luminaries.

He added that “it was a political deal that also represents a creative method … to resolving international challenges.”

But Rouhani still lit into the US at one point for its “lack of compliance” with the terms, saying that “represents a flawed approach that should be rectified forthwith.”

And he warned Washington that any failure to implement it “will further erode the credibility of the US in the world.”

Spread of terror

Rouhani’s critique didn’t stop there, blaming global powers’ post 9/11 security strategies for “the genesis of borderless violence and terrorism” in the world.

Speaking in New York 15 years after the mass terror attack, he said that “no one imagined that this occurrence would lead to larger disasters resulting in a devastating war in the Middle East and the spread of insecurity across the globe.”

He pointed to the plight of the Syrian, Iraqi, Yemeni, Afghan and Palestinian people, while calling on neighbors to “stop bombing each other and accept responsibility for past mistakes”.

Saudi Arabia

Iran’s President also pointed his finger at regional rival Saudi Arabia, warning that the country must “cease and desist from divisive policies” if peace is to be found in the Middle East.

“If the Saudi government is serious about its vision for development and regional security, it must cease and desist from divisive policies, spread of hate ideology, and trampling upon the rights of neighbors,” Rouhani told world leaders.

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