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Iran president says Trump's United Nations speech was full of 'ugly, ignorant words'

Iran president says Trump's United Nations speech was full of 'ugly, ignorant words'”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani offered a heated response Wednesday to President Donald Trump's remarks to the United Nations General Assembly, during which Trump declared the Iran nuclear deal all but dead and called it an "embarrassment".

"It's essential to maintain the agreement", said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in NY, adding that France will try to persuade Trump that this is the right option.

"I'll let you know what the decision is", Trump said with a smile.

Russia is concerned by Trump questioning the Iran nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Russian reporters at the United Nations in comments published by his ministry on Wednesday. -Iranian encounter since Trump became president.

Speaking at the conclusion of a meeting of the parties to the 2015 deal, Mogherini told reporters Wednesday the deal "is working and is delivering for its goal".

Tillerson is speaking after meeting with the parties to the deal, including Iran.

"Perhaps the technical aspects have (been met), but in the broader context the aspiration has not", Tillerson said.

A group of Democratic senators is pressing the Trump administration to comply with a law that requires the administration to tell Congress of potential breaches by Iran of the landmark nuclear deal.

Trump has long criticised the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which lifted billions of dollars' worth of sanctions on the condition that the state destroyed 98% of its stockpile of weapons grade uranium.

The prospect of Washington reneging on the agreement has anxious some US partners that helped negotiate it, especially as the world grapples with another nuclear crisis, North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development.

In her comments, Mogherini also alluded to North Korea, but made the opposite argument, saying "the worldwide community can not afford to dismantle an agreement that is working". Should he say that it was violating its pledges, then sanctions would be in order.

She could not say whether the US would remain in the deal, but stresses that the European Union is committed to preserving it. His answer: "I've decided". Trump's withering critique Tuesday included an accusation that Iran's government "masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy", while ruthlessly repressing its people and exploiting the limits of the nuclear deal.

"We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building risky missiles", Trump said. "And we can not abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program".

He said Iran would respond "decisively and resolutely" to a violation of the accord by any party.

While clearly criticising Mr Trump and the United States, Mr Rouhani often declined to mention the President by name, telling the audience it would be a "great pity" if the nuclear agreement were "destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics".

"Ugly, ignorant words were spoken by the US president against the Iranian nation", said Rouhani in his own speech to the General Assembly, "full of hatred and baseless allegations".

Tillerson is meeting at the United Nations with diplomats from the nations that are part of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Donald Trump is yet to respond to Mr Rouhani's speech.

French President Emmanuel Macron said it would be a mistake to pull out of the pact.

Trump is expected to yet again extend the sanctions relief, a key principle of the deal that allows Iran to do business and keeps the United States in compliance with the agreement, CNN reported earlier this month. The Iranians, in turn, have threatened to respond to any USA pullout by restarting nuclear activities that could take them closer to bomb-making capability.

"If we're going to stick with the Iran deal there has to be changes made to it".

In any event, the U.S. -Iranian exchanges augured poorly for the diplomatic meeting, although Tillerson maintained that the atmosphere had been "very open and candid".

But Trump, while gauging the chances of a deal, added, "We will see if we can put it together". In the current environment, it is anything but ordinary. If the USA tries to activate globally enforceable sanctions on Iran again, European countries could balk, another potential repercussion Trump must weigh.



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