Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized the speeches delivered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly’s 2017 general debate. Rouhani claimed that Israel is “daringly preaching” against the nuclear deal with Iran while it threatens the security in the region with its nuclear weapons.


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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke during the 2017 gathering of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, attacking the speeches delivered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump. “The Zionist regime, which is threatening regional security with its nuclear weapon and not committed to any agreement, is daringly preaching against the [nuclear] deal [with Iran],” Rouhani claimed. “Iran will not be the first to violate the agreement but will decisively and strongly respond to the violations from any side.”

“We will not put up with threats and intimidation, we believe in negotiations and moderation,” he continued, referring to Trump’s speech. “The nuclear deal is the result of long negotiations and it is supported by the UN Security Council and many countries. Due to this, it belongs to the entire international community.” Rouhani added: “The new administration in the US is destroying its credibility. It is inappropriate for the rhetoric against the agreement to be heard from the UN podium, which was designed to advance peace and respect among nations.”

Regarding Israel, Rouhani said that “it can’t be that a racist regime that crushes the Palestinians’ rights enjoys security.” The Iranian leader then claimed that Tehran respected the Jewish people rights “hundreds of years ago” and that Iran still supports “justice and peace.”

When Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly, he mainly talked about the Iranian threat and sent a direct message to Rouhani and the Iranian people. “You are not our enemy; you are our friends,” he told the Iranian people.

“Here at the UN, we must also speak the truth about Iran,” Netanyahu added. “Now, you know I’ve been ambassador to the UN and I’m a long-serving Israeli prime minister, so I’ve listened to countless speeches in this hall, but I can say this: none were bolder, none more courageous and forthright than the one delivered by President Trump today.”

“President Trump rightly called the nuclear deal with Iran, he called it an embarrassment,” Netanyahu continued. “Well, I couldn’t agree with him more. And here’s why: Iran vows to destroy my country every day, including by its chief of staff the other day. Iran is conducting a campaign of conquest across the Middle East and Iran is developing ballistic missiles to threaten the entire world.”