Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday defended the nuclear deal, saying it was an internationally-backed accord that should not be destroyed by “rogue newcomers to the world of politics”.
Hitting back at US President Donald Trump’s threat to scrap the 2015 deal, Rouhani told the UN General Assembly that the deal had won global support and that its fate could not be decided by “one or two countries”.
“It would be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics,” Rouhani said, in a clear reference to Trump who blasted the deal in his UN address on Tuesday. “The world will have lost a great opportunity,” he declared.
Rouhani said he did not think Washington would leave the nuclear deal and said any country that abandoned the pact would isolate and embarrass itself.
“We don’t think Trump will walk out of the deal despite [his] rhetoric and propaganda,” Rouhani said.
“If American officials think that they can pressure Iran by walking out of the deal, they are making a big mistake,” he added. “Either the nuclear deal remains as it is or it will collapse.”
Speaking after Rouhani, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said his country does not believe that Iran is abiding by the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and six world powers, without elaborating.
“We expect the international community to do whatever it takes to ensure that Iran is in compliance,” the minister, Adel al-Jubeir, told reporters at the UN. – Middle-East Eye.