Rouhani: “Imaginary Iranian threat propaganda dangerous for world security”
Iran poses absolutely no threat to the world President Hassan Rouhani said in his address to the UN General Assembly. At the same time, militarism of “some actors” and generalization of western values, he says, poses a true danger for the world security.
Mr. Rouhani stated that nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran’s security doctrine in a sweeping speech, which also condemned the use of drones in the Middle East, as well as the enforcement of harmful and “violent” sanctions on Tehran.
“These sanctions are violent, pure and simple,” he told the assembly, comparing them to the punitive measures against Iraq under late Saddam Hussein rule. “The negative impact is not nearly limited to the intended victims of sanctions,” which means normal people, not political elites, ended up suffering because of these sanctions, Rouhani added.
The Iranian leader also addressed President Obama’s earlier UN address, and expressed hope for implementing a framework to manage relations with the US while expecting a “consistent voice” from Washington.
Rouhani also indicated that his country was ready to immediately engage in result-oriented talks over its nuclear program, which Israel has consistently believed to be aimed at producing weapons.
“Nuclear weapon and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran’s security and defense doctrine, and contradict our fundamental religious and ethical convictions,” Rouhani said adding that it’s in Iran’s national interest to remove “any and all reasonable concerns about Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.”
But that objective, he said, cannot be reached without “acceptance of and respect for the implementation of the right to enrichment inside Iran and enjoyment of other related nuclear rights.” It is“unrealistic” to believe that the “peaceful nature” of Iran’s nuclear program – which has already reached“industrial scale” – can be “ensured through impeding the program via illegitimate pressures.”
Among other topics touched on by the Iranian President in an often accusatory speech was the alleged“assassination” of his country’s nuclear scientists. “For what crimes have they been assassinated? The United Nations and the Security Council should answer the question: have the perpetrators been condemned?”
Despite what some analysts believe has been a marked change in Iran’s posturing since the election of Mr. Rouhani, who is thought to be more of a reformist than his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Israel largely signaled its rejection, with the country’s delegation walking out of the UN chambers during the Iranian President’s address, as has been the custom in prior UN General Assemblies.
In a statement issued immediately after the speech on Tuesday, Netanyahu said the address was filled with “hypocrisy”.
However, the Israeli delegation was not in the hall during the speech.
“It’s a good thing the Israeli delegation wasn’t in the hall,” Netanyahu said, adding “I will not allow the Israeli delegation to be part of this cynical public relations…”
Netanyahu also said Iran wants to use the talks to buy time for its alleged nuclear weapons program.
“This is precisely the Iranian plan – to talk and buy time in order to develop the capability of achieving a nuclear weapon,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu said he would discuss the matter with Obama at a White House meeting next week.
the last thing israel wants is peace..that is not on the agenda..
“After meeting one-on-one with Iran’s foreign minister, Secretary of State John Kerry says he is pleased with a new positive tone from Iran on talks over its nuclear program.
But, he says one meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is not going to resolve international concerns about Iran’s nuclear intentions. Kerry said Thursday that Iran had to demonstrate its willingness to come clean about its nuclear program with actions.”