Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that US President Donald Trump’s UN address is not worth a reply.
“Trump’s ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times – not the 21st century UN – unworthy of a reply,” Zarif tweeted on Tuesday.
“Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one," he stressed, as reported by Press TV.
Since Trump took office, the US has launched an attack against the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), threatening to abandon it on multiple occasions.
Trump on Tuesday devoted much of his address at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to denouncing Iran, calling the seven-nation agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program championed by his predecessor Barack Obama an “embarrassment to the United States.”
“Frankly, I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it,” the US President added.
The US president repeated baseless allegations against Tehran, accusing it of engaging in “destabilizing activities” in the region.
Trump claimed that Iran’s “support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its financing.”
French President Emmanuel Macron stood firm on Tuesday that the landmark agreement with Iran would not change as he nudged Donald Trump to return to the fold.
Macron said that the 2015 deal – reached between Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany – was a “solid, robust agreement,” AFP wrote.
“To reject it now without proposing anything else would be a grave error, and not respecting it would be irresponsible because it is a good accord,” Macron told the UNGA.
He called for diplomacy to address the issues, saying, “Let’s be stricter, but let’s not unravel agreements that have already brought security.”
The French leader stressed that he made this point to both Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whom he met on Monday in New York.
No plan to jettison deal
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, however, said that Trump’s harsh UN speech does not mean that Washington plans to exit the nuclear agreement.
Trump’s words were “not a clear signal that he wants to withdraw, but it is a clear signal he is not happy with the deal, and that the United States is not safer because of it,” Haley told CBS on Wednesday.
UN inspectors say that Iran is complying with the agreement including its restrictions on uranium enrichment.
US law requires the president to certify every 90 days that Iran is in compliance and Trump has signaled he will either not do it when the next deadline arises in mid-October, or will pass the decision to Congress where criticism of Iran is high.