World leaders are in New York City to take part in the General Debate’s second day of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The Iran nuclear deal, a response to the Rohingyacrisis, and the future of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) are some of the issues expected to take centre stage.
On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump chairs a UN Security Council meeting with the world’s major players. Discussions will focus on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and several adversaries of the West will likely be in focus – including Iran and North Korea.
Rouhani to Trump: ‘Stop bullying Iran’
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to “stop bullying” Tehran into submitting into the demands of the US.
In a press conference with Western media, Rouhani also said it is “clear” during his meeting with world leaders at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, that Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal has “isolated” the US.
“The US decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal was not agreed upon by other parties. It is considered a mistake by other countries,” Rouhani said in an unprecedented press conference with Western media.
“One day, the US will return to the nuclear deal. The US cannot continue this process. This is not in the interest of the US, Iran and other parties,” he said. “It was our decision to try to isolate the US on this issue of the nuclear deal.”
What Iran wants is for the US to “return to what is legal and stand by the UN Security Council resolution” on the nuclear deal, and “stop bullying” his country, Rouhani said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Rouhani’s foreign minister Javad Zarif referred to the reimposition of US sanctions as an act of “unprecedented vengeance”.
Zarif said the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal is “unlawful and unjustified”.