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Rouhani to spotlight U.S. nuclear deal breach in UN speech
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that he will explain some points about the U.S. misconduct pertaining to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal in his UN speech, official IRNA news agency reported.
Rouhani left Tehran for New York on Sunday to attend the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting, IRNA said.
During his trip, Rouhani will deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly and will urge the United States to abide by its commitments to the nuclear deal reached in 2015.
"Today, there is a consensus in the world that the JCPOA (or Iran's nuclear deal) benefits security, stability and development in the region and the world," he was quoted as saying by Press TV.
"The opponents of the JCPOA are restricted to two or three countries, including some in the United States, who feel cheated. They believe that a feast has been set out but that they are deprived of going to the table," Rouhani said.
He said that Iran has been committed to its obligations and this has been confirmed repeatedly by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog.
After years of tension with the West, Iran struck a deal with the world powers of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany in July 2015, under which Iran agreed to limit its uranium-enrichment activities in return for the lifting of western and international sanctions.
The international agreement is facing a serious threat of collapse as tensions mounted between Washington and Tehran recently, the report said.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who during his election campaign had called the Iranian nuclear deal a "disaster" and "the worst deal ever negotiated," approved new sanctions on Tehran for its missile program.
Apart from the JCPOA, Rouhani will also talk about bilateral ties with world countries, regional issues as well as international developments including the ongoing crisis in Myanmar, according to the report.
On Sunday, Rouhani said regional issues have no military solutions, and there is need for political solutions with the participation of other countries.
He also pointed to terrorism as a major problem which all countries should join hands to eradicate in order to return peace and security to the world.
[Source: Xinhua, Tehran, 17Sep17]
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