President Hassan Rouhani said the United States attempts to advance an anti-Iran agenda at the UN only backfired, stressing that this year's General Assembly session and related events further exposed the US's isolation on the world stage.
Speaking at Tehran's Mehrabad airport on Thursday, President Rouhani briefed the reporters on the outcome of his trip to New York, where he attended the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, met with world leaders on the sidelines, and gave several interviews to American media outlets, Press TV reported.
He touched on the administration of US President Donald Trump's abortive attempts to put pressure on Iran and show it as an isolated country at the world body.
Trump had "no achievement," neither in his speech to the General Assembly, nor at the Iran-centered UN Security Council meeting he chaired a day later, Rouhani added.
At the General Assembly, Rouhani said, Trump was laughed at when he began to speak in praise of his administration's performance, adding that global media took that laughter as "humiliating for the American government and nation."
Rouhani said the US sought to use its capacity as chair of the UN Security Council to single out Iran at the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the General Assembly's session, only to face the "reverse effect."
That meeting turned, instead, into a strong show of support for the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Iran, which the Trump administration scrapped in May in defiance of the very same council's Resolution 2231, said Rouhani.
"Trump was left alone at the session, and this was yet another instance of US isolation," the Iranian president said.
He added that Iran, unlike the US, used this year's General Assembly session to transparently present its positions to the world community.
Noting that the US "has chosen the path of unilateralism and turns a cold shoulder to international institutions and regulations," the Iranian president emphasized, "The important thing is that no one – except for one or two countries – has America's back today."
During his stay in New York, Rouhani met with world leaders and heads of international organizations.
Speaking with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday, Rouhani slammed the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, saying the United Nations should not allow any country to make a habit of breaching international commitments, especially those under Security Council resolutions.
“The United Nations should shoulder its responsibility to strengthen the rules of international law so that no country could renege on its international commitments, including Security Council resolutions, at its own desire,” Rouhani said.
He said promise-breaking and lawlessness should not turn into a routine trend in the international community.
“Transparent positions of the UN secretary general will be effective in preserving the JCPOA as a symbol of successful deal making and an outcome of dialogue and diplomacy,” he added, using the official name of the Iran deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Iran has so far lived up to its commitments under the JCPOA despite the illegal US exit, said Rouhani, urging the UN to help get its member states to take practical measures to protect the JCPOA besides adopting political positions on the matter.
Back in May, Trump pulled the US out of the JCPOA despite objections from the other signatories to the accord.
Besides reimposing the anti-Iran sanctions it had lifted under the accord, the Trump administration has also been seeking to discourage the European firms from doing business with Iran by threatening them with penalties.
The UN chief hailed Iran’s reaction in the face of Washington’s pullout from the nuclear agrrement.
As an international agreement, the JCPOA is endorsed by the United Nations and the Security Council and should be fully implemented, Guterres said.
He added that the UN encourages Europe and Iran’s other partners to stand against unilateral US sanctions, which the UN chief said do not conform to UN rules and could entail “humanitarian and economic consequences.”
Separately on Wednesday, Rouhani held talks with his Swiss and Venezuelan counterparts, Alain Berset and Nicolas Maduro, as well as Italian and Malaysian prime ministers, Giuseppe Conte and Mahathir Bin Mohamad.
In a meeting with the Malaysian premier, Rouhani called for enhanced cooperation among Muslim countries to counter terrorism and extremism, saying this could contribute to global stability and security.
The Malaysian PM described US sanctions against the Iranian nation as illegal, saying Tehran and Kuala Lumpur need to deepen bilateral relations to render American bans ineffective.
Additionally, Rouhani told his Swiss counterpart that the JCPOA should be kept alive as an important international agreement.
Berset stressed that the Swiss government has always supported the deal and will make efforts to keep it alive, hailing Iran’s wise response to Washington’s unlawful withdrawal from the agreement.
In a meeting with the Italian premier, Rouhani said that the US pullout from the JCPOA was “an insult to the UN and independence of countries.”
He further expressed his satisfaction with the attempts by the EU and Italy to defend the deal, adding, however, that Europe should take swift practical measures in this regard.
Conte voiced Italy’s readiness to enhance its ties with Iran despite the problems that the US has created in the way of implementing the JCPOA.
In a meeting with Maduro, Rouhani said that the Venezuelan and Iranian people have always been hit by US “aggression and sanctions.”
“The Americans invite us to dialogue, and at the same time, are seeking to overthrow the Iranian government, thinking that if they put pressure on the people, they can achieve this goal. They don’t, however, know that a government that enjoys people’s support will not surrender to threats,” he said.
“Today, independent countries should develop relations in all fields and resist enemies’ excessive demands and prove that the path they have taken is wrong."
Maduro called for resistance against enemies’ efforts to gain dominance over nations by resorting to “terrorism.”