Rouhani at UN: Israel "Most Terrifying Threat" to Peace in Middle East
Sep 29 2018
United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Iran of spreading chaos and China of meddling in USA elections at a UN Security Council meeting that laid bare divisions between the United States and other world powers.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhanisaid Wednesday his country doesn't want a war with the United States and believes America will "sooner or later" support the Iran nuclear agreement again following the Trump administration's withdrawal.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc's initiative to facilitate payment to/from Iran as part of efforts to save the 2015 nuclear deal could be in place before November, when the USA is to re-impose the second batch of its anti-Iran sanctions. Maybe someday in the future. The publication is owned by Gannett, the same company that owns USA TODAY. China and Russian Federation are also likely to join this new arrangement. Various non-European trading partners of the United States have taken a similar tack, with Indian even publicly committing to receive no Iranian oil in the month of November.
Rouhani's comments come a day after Saudi Arabia and its biggest oil-producer ally outside the group, Russia, ruled an immediate hike in crude output, pushing back on President Donald Trump's call to cool the oil market.
During Wednesday's Security Council meeting, Trump did not mention the extensive and ongoing campaign by the Russian government to sway USA elections. "Against my administration", he told the Security Council members.
The Chinese foreign minister responded flatly that Beijing strictly adhered to a policy of non-interference.
"We did not and will not interfere in any country's domestic affairs", Wang said. "We refuse to accept any unwarranted accusations against China", Mr Wang said. Last month, French energy giant Total sold its $1 billion investment in Iran's South Pars gas field-the biggest gas field in the world-to China's CNPC.
From New York, Rouhani also brought home an ancient Persian bas-relief, which had been smuggled out of the country more than 80 years ago.
Earlier on Wednesday, leaders of France and Britain, while speaking at the UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting on non-proliferation, vowed to defend the Iran nuke deal.
Trump also referenced sanctions placed on Iran, saying that Washington has launched a campaign of "economic pressure" to deny Tehran the funds it needs to advance its "bloody agenda".
Mr Trump's decision to pull out of the JPCOA accord has exacerbated the situation, as have suggestions that the U.S. is attempting to encourage demonstrations against Iran's rulers within Iran itself.
"This terrible, one-sided deal allowed Iran to continue its path towards a bomb and gave the regime a cash lifeline when they needed it the most".
He added: "As long as the EU, Russia, and China remain committed to the implementation of the JCPOA, multilateral policies can be formulated against the backdrop of U.S. efforts to undermine a nuclear non-proliferation achievement".
They said it will "assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran", after Mr. Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed sanctions.