Iran sends message of resistance to US at UNGA


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani used his speech on the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday to denounce American strain and ship a message of resistance and resilience to the United States, signalling regardless of the strain, the nation will refuse to budge.
In his pre-recorded video message, Rouhani began by mentioning that COVID-19 has put the worldwide group in the identical boat.
“But instead of being able to benefit from international cooperation, my nation is faced with the harshest sanctions in history, in obvious and fundamental violation of the UN Charter, international agreements, and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231,” the president stated.
He evoked the picture of George Floyd, whose killing by the hands of Minneapolis cops sparked huge protests in late May.

Rouhani stated such pictures are acquainted for Iranians who’ve felt the strain of different nations for many years, however have continued to try for peace and progress.
After itemizing all kinds of Iranian initiatives aimed toward reaching regional piece and efforts he stated have been consistent with standing as much as “occupation, genocide, displacement and racism” within the 40 years for the reason that formation of the Islamic Republic, Rouhani instantly addressed the 75th UNGA President Volkan Bozkir.
“Such a nation does not deserve sanctions. The answer to peace is not war. The reward of fighting extremism is not terror.”
One day after the 40th anniversary of the Iran-Iraq War 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 must know that claims don’t matter and only actions matter,” the president stated, mentioning the US supported an Iraq armed with chemical weapons whereas boasting of peace. 
‘Self-made isolation’
According to the president, the US is doing the identical factor with the ISIL (ISIS) armed group, supporting warmongering within the Middle East, promoting billions of {dollars} in arms, and most just lately, going towards the UN Security 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.
But the united states 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 May 2018.
“It is a victory not just for Iran, but for the transition period of the international order in the post-western world, that the regime that boasts of having hegemony has been mired in such self-made isolation,” Rouhani stated.

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 help talks.
“The US can neither impose negotiations on us, nor war,” Rouhani asserted. “Living with sanctions is difficult, but more difficult is living without independence.”
Trump has repeatedly claimed he’ll reach a brand new cope with Iran inside weeks if he’s re-elected in November. 

‘Bargaining instrument’
Rouhani concluded his UNGA speech by saying Iran won’t be a “bargaining tool” for US elections, and regardless of who the subsequent US president is he’ll “inevitably surrender to the resilience of the great Iranian nation”.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has introduced in latest weeks that if elected, he’ll come again to the nuclear deal, however will work to strain Iran into wider negotiations that may embrace its ballistic missiles programme.
In his pre-recorded speech for UNGA earlier at the moment, Trump made solely a passing reference to Iran, saying: “We withdrew from the terrible Iran nuclear deal and imposed crippling sanctions on the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.”
He additionally boasted about killing Iran’s prime common Qassem Soleimani in early January in Iraq, who Trump referred to as “the world’s top 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 advised the meeting on Tuesday points associated to Iran’s nuclear programme ought to be resolved beneath worldwide legislation by dialogue and diplomacy, and thru abiding by the 2015 worldwide settlement.
“I repeat our call for all parties to abide by their responsibilities under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which provides serious contributions to regional and global security,” he stated.
The US on Monday introduced new sanctions towards Iran’s defence ministry and others concerned in its nuclear and weapons programmes. They have been meant to again Washington’s disputed assertion that each one UN sanctions towards Tehran at the moment are restored.