Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has sharply responded to Donald Trump’s aggressive UN speech threatening withdrawal from the July 2015 nuclear deal.
Zarif used Twitter for his answer:
Trump's ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times-not the 21st Century UN -unworthy of a reply. Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) September 19, 2017
In a speech written by hard-right advisor Stephen Miller rather than his foreign policy specialists, Trump labeled Tehran “a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy” and called it an “economically depleted rogue state” and “murderous regimep
Countering his own verification of Iranian compliance with the nuclear agreement, Trump said it was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into and “an embarrassment” to Americans. Without taking a position on withdrawal, he intoned, “I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it. Believe me.”
Trump even verged on a call for the toppling of the Islamic Republic: “Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever.”
Ahead of his own address to the UN, President Hassan Rouhani maintained his line of support for the agreement while cautioning Washington against any withdrawal. He told a US TV outlet:
The exiting of the United States from such an agreement would carry a high cost, meaning that subsequent to such an action by the United States of America, no one will trust America again.
Every word was analyzed many times by countries involved before its ratification, so if the United States were to not adhere to the commitments and trample upon this agreement, this will mean that it will carry with it the lack of subsequent trust from countries towards the United States because the greatest capital that any country has is trust and credibility.
Rouhani told a meeting of American foreign policy specialists that US violations of the agreement — a description covering the expansion of American sanctions as well as any departure — “will amount to inviting the world to chaos, muscle-flexing and [use of] military power”.
Iranian State outlet Press TV quickly contrasted Trump’s speech with the assurance of European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday:
I have said many times that the agreement is working fine. The IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency) confirmed several times that Iran is fulfilling its obligations….
This deal belongs to the international community.
The Rouhani Government’s strategy, while promising a “proportionate response” to any US measures, is to try and separate European countries — including Britain, France, and Germany, all of whom are involved in the nuclear deal — from Washington.