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Iran sends message of resistance to US at UNGA

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani used his speech on the United Nations Basic Meeting (UNGA) on Tuesday to denounce American stress and ship a message of resistance and resilience to america, signalling irrespective of the stress, the nation will refuse to budge.

In his pre-recorded video message, Rouhani began by stating that COVID-19 has put the worldwide neighborhood in the identical boat.

“However as an alternative of with the ability to profit from worldwide cooperation, my nation is confronted with the harshest sanctions in historical past, in apparent and basic violation of the UN Constitution, worldwide agreements, and United Nations Safety Council Decision 2231,” the president mentioned.

He evoked the picture of George Floyd, whose killing by the hands of Minneapolis cops sparked huge protests in late Might.

Rouhani mentioned such photographs are acquainted for Iranians who’ve felt the stress of different nations for many years, however have continued to attempt for peace and progress.

After itemizing all kinds of Iranian initiatives geared toward reaching regional piece and efforts he mentioned had been according to standing as much as “occupation, genocide, displacement and racism” within the 40 years for the reason that formation of the Islamic Republic, Rouhani straight addressed the seventy fifth UNGA President Volkan Bozkir.

“Such a nation doesn’t deserve sanctions. The reply to peace will not be conflict. The reward of combating extremism will not be terror.”

Someday after the 40th anniversary of the Iran-Iraq Warfare that began after US-backed chief Saddam Hussein invaded Iran and killed an estimated 500,000 folks on either side, Rouhani additionally recalled the battle.

“We should know that claims do not matter and solely actions matter,” the president mentioned, stating the US supported an Iraq armed with chemical weapons whereas boasting of peace. 

‘Self-made isolation’

In line with the president, the US is doing the identical factor with the ISIL (ISIS) armed group, supporting warmongering within the Center East, promoting billions of {dollars} in arms, and most just lately, going in opposition to the UN Safety Council (UNSC) on Iran.

On Sunday, the US declared it has reinstated all UN sanctions on Iran, together with an indefinite ban on an arms embargo that’s set to run out as a part of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

However the UNSC dismissed the declare as missing authorized foundation whereas member states renewed their dedication to the landmark nuclear deal that the US unilaterally withdrew from in Might 2018.

“It’s a victory not only for Iran, however for the transition interval of the worldwide order within the post-western world, that the regime that boasts of getting hegemony has been mired in such self-made isolation,” Rouhani mentioned.

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US sanctions have crippled Iran’s forex and plummeted many into poverty [Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA-EFE]

Addressing all members of the UNGA, the Iranian president slammed the US for turning its again on the nuclear deal, whose negotiations took greater than a decade, whereas nonetheless claiming to assist talks.

“The US can neither impose negotiations on us, nor conflict,” Rouhani asserted. “Dwelling with sanctions is troublesome, however tougher resides with out independence.”

Trump has repeatedly claimed he’ll attain a brand new take care of Iran inside weeks if he’s re-elected in November. 

‘Bargaining software’

Rouhani concluded his UNGA speech by saying Iran is not going to be a “bargaining software” for US elections, and irrespective of who the following US president is he’ll “inevitably give up to the resilience of the nice Iranian nation”.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has introduced in current weeks that if elected, he’ll come again to the nuclear deal, however will work to stress Iran into wider negotiations that may embrace its ballistic missiles programme.

In his pre-recorded speech for UNGA earlier at present, Trump made solely a passing reference to Iran, saying: “We withdrew from the horrible Iran nuclear deal and imposed crippling sanctions on the world’s main state sponsor of terror.”

He additionally boasted about killing Iran’s prime basic Qassem Soleimani in early January in Iraq, who Trump known as “the world’s prime terrorist”.

Soleimani’s killing by a US drone strike introduced Iran-US tensions to a boiling level, prompting the nation to repeatedly promise “harsh revenge” for one among its most revered figures.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan additionally instructed the meeting on Tuesday points associated to Iran’s nuclear programme must be resolved below worldwide regulation by way of dialogue and diplomacy, and thru abiding by the 2015 worldwide settlement.

“I repeat our name for all events to abide by their duties below the Joint Complete Plan of Motion, which supplies critical contributions to regional and international safety,” he mentioned.

The US on Monday introduced new sanctions in opposition to Iran’s defence ministry and others concerned in its nuclear and weapons programmes. They had been meant to again Washington’s disputed assertion that every one UN sanctions in opposition to Tehran at the moment are restored.

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