Iran's Hassan Rouhani hits back at Trump in UNGA speech

Posted September 20, 2017

Trump has openly said if it were up to him, he would have already said the country has not complied.

Mark Farha, assistant professor at Doha Institute, said Trump was being ambiguous on objective.

Short term, Trump delivered big time on the Netanyahu wish list: He came closer to pledging to kill the Iran nuclear deal reviled by the Israeli leader and did not even mention peace with the Palestinians, which Netanyahu does not believe has traction at this point.

Trump's overarching theme was a retreat from the robust interventionist role that to varying degrees has characterized USA foreign policy since the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt.

The Iranian president also lashed out at Israel, saying it was not acceptable that the Zionist regime of Israel, which is not committee to worldwide law and whose nuclear weapons pose a threat to the region and the entire world, advises peace-loving nations.

He had previously announced that three European countries including Austria, Denmark and Italy are set to open €22 billion credit lines for financing projects in Iran which in addition to the €8-billion credit line to be secured by South Korea's Eximbank the total value of loan deals will reach €30 billion after Iran's nuclear accord.

In the meantime, Iranian ICT Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, has took to Twitter to react to Trump's comments on freedom of internet access in Iran.

Trump must decide by October 15 whether to certify that Iran is complying with the pact, a decision that could sink the deal. He called the idea a "nonstarter".

A unilateral finding of noncompliance by the USA would cast doubt on the integrity of the global nuclear monitoring system of the IAEA, which has assessed that Iran remains compliant.

Heinonen argued, for example, that it is a "valid question" whether Tehran is abiding by the cap on its heavy-water stockpile of 130 metric tons when it allegedly still owns many tons more that have been shipped to Oman and stored there, awaiting buyers. "Either the nuclear deal remains as it is or it will collapse". "The sunset provisions simply is not a sensible way forward", he said.

Trump hinted in his speech to the annual gathering of world leaders that he may not recertify the agreement, negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Netanyahu also used to address to talk up Israel's diplomatic credentials, while threatening Iran with potential action. Another columnist noted that Trump's tone channeled past United Nations speeches by Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez more than any previous US president. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which monitors the arrangement, continues to certify Tehran's full compliance with the JCPOA. Trump reviewed this approach with his advisers last Friday.

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in NY on September 19, 2017.

Among the many reasons that Trump can't understand global diplomacy, few are more important than the way he thinks of everything in terms of "deals". "And so, getting out of this agreement, we lose some of our leverage". "That will put us in a weaker, not a stronger, position" in dealing with Iranian behavior.