Iranian President Hasan Rouhani lashed out at US President Donald Trump, referring to Trump’s fiery remarks before the UN as “ignorant, absurd and hateful.”
Delivering a speech at the 72nd UN General Assembly session in New York on Wednesday, President Rouhani said the “ignorant, ugly, spiteful literature of the US president, which was full of false information and groundless allegations, against the Iranian nation” were beneath the dignity of the United Nations.
Rouhani said the United States would “destroy its own credibility” by quitting the nuclear deal made under former President Obama.
He also noted that Iran’s “support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its financing.”
Trump also denounced the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, including the US, as “an embarrassment” that Washington may abandon.
He said the Iran deal was “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”
Rouhani also responded to the US threat to scrap the deal, saying Iran would respond to any breach of the JCPOA.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not be the one to violate the JCPOA, but will firmly and appropriately respond to any breach,” he said.
He also warned about bids by “incompetent policymakers” to dismantle the JCPOA, but stressed that such attempts would fail to stop Iran from treading the path of progress.