Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today said US President Donald Trump's "cheap, ugly, foolish and unreal" remarks before the UN General Assembly earlier this week were a "sign of desperation".
"Believe me. It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran's government end its pursuit of death and destruction".
The main objection of the Trump administration is to the deal's "sunset clause" - the lack of mechanism to deal with Iran's ballistic missile testing - and its support of violent terrorist organizations across the Middle East. Largely due to pressure from Israel and Saudi Arabia, the US adopted the position that the negotiations would exclusively address Iran's nuclear activities.
"We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building risky missiles", Trump said.
"Trump's ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times - not the 21st Century UN - unworthy of a reply", Zarif said on Twitter.
Rouhani never mentioned Trump by name during his 23-minute address at the U.N. General Assembly. "Which country would be willing to sit across the table from the United States of America and talk about worldwide issues?"
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In an interview with "Face the Nation" last Sunday, Tillerson acknowledged that Iran is in "technical compliance" with the deal that was negotiated between the US, the Iranians, and five other global powers. But Israel's security establishment has been wary of an American retreat from world affairs, especially when it comes to its war-torn neighbor Syria and the alliance between Syria's Assad regime and Iran. On several other issues over his presidency, he has teased reporters with the idea that a major verdict might be imminent, only to delay announcements for weeks or months.
But Trump, as quoted by Perry, suggested the deal could stand or fail on IAEA access to Iranian military sites, declaring "we will not accept a weakly enforced or inadequately monitored deal". Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday that 129 have done so.
"I declare before you that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not be the first country to violate the agreement", he said. Of course, the agreement is opposed by Israel as well as Saudi Arabia, which for different reasons seeks to overthrow the regime in Teheran at the earliest, ideally through the deployment of the United States military. "We're talking about it constantly, so you'll see". In the current environment, it is anything but ordinary.
A year ago, such a get-together would have been considered routine as nations strove to implement an agreement that curtailed Iran's nuclear activity in exchange for an end to various oil, trade and financial restrictions on the country. "We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions or even systems of government". That could mean a return of US sanctions on Iran that were suspended under the agreement.
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said on Wednesday that Tehran would respond "decisively and forcefully to any violation by any party to the nuclear agreement", stressing that "Iran will not be the first to violate the nuclear agreement".
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