In his address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made numerous references to the United States, which he said has only succeeded in embarrassing itself in trying to activate ‘snapback’ sanctions against Iran.
Rouhani said that the US “maximum pressure” sanctions jeopardized the health, welfare, sustenance and even the right to life of all Iranians. Nonetheless, the Iranian president said that his country will resist all punitive measures and, if necessary, will fight to protect its independence.
“The United States can impose neither negotiations nor war on us. Life is hard under the sanctions. However, harder is life without independence,” he said.
“Political freedom at home is important for us. We, as the oldest democracy in the Middle East, are proud of our people determining their destiny, and will not trade domestic freedom with foreign interference.”
He emphasized that the Islamic Republic will resist being used as “a bargaining chip in US elections and domestic policy.”
Rouhani compared the treatment to African-American citizen George Floyd’s agony under the US police’s brutality, saying, “The valiant people of Iran have been paying the price of its freedom-seeking attitude and liberty from dominance and despotism for decades in the same way.”
The Iranian president finally called on the international community to seize upon the opportunity to stand up to Washington’s aggressive ways.
“And for the world: Today is the time to say ‘No’ to the bullying and arrogance.”
“The era of dominance and hegemony is long over. Our nations and children deserve a better and safer world, based on the rule of law. Now is the time for the right choice,” Rouhani concluded. LINK
Rouhani also called the JCPOA “one of the great accomplishments of the history of diplomacy,” and claimed that Iran remains in compliance with the terms of the accord despite the repeated breaches by the US.
Israel claims that Iran has long been in violation of the JCPOA, and has had enough uranium to make a nuclear weapon since March this year. The US has also repeatedly claimed that Iran has violated the terms of the agreement.
US President Donald Trump only briefly referred to Iran in his address to the UN. “We withdrew from the terrible Iran nuclear deal and imposed crippling sanctions on the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.”
Trump also mentioned that the US “eliminated the world’s top terrorist,” Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani, who was responsible for Iran’s proxy warfare.
A month ago, the US announced that it is initiating “snapback sanctions,” reversing the “sunset clauses” of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The sunset clauses lift existing UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic, starting with the conventional arms embargo in October. The snapback would mean that the arms embargo is renewed.
The other parties to the JCPOA have categorically stated that the US does not have the authority to unilaterally invoke snapback sanctions because it pulled out of the JCPOA in 2018, while the US argues that the mechanism is part of UNSC Resolution 2231, which specifically lists the US as a participant that is able to trigger the sanctions mechanism. LINK
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