“Today, there is an administration in power in the US that has the characters and thoughts of unilateralism,” Rouhani said in Tehran before leaving for New York to attend the annual UN General Assembly.
Rouhani listed a number of accords ditched by the US under President Donald Trump – ranging from trade treaties with allies to its withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council and Paris climate agreement.
He once again lashed out at Trump for abandoning the 2015 Iran nuclear deal under “delusional excuses,” saying the move was in line with the US hostilities toward the Iranian nation.
“America is acting like a bully toward the rest of the world…and thinks it can act based on brute force,” said Rouhani.
“Our people will resist and the government has prepared itself for this confrontation,” he said, adding “the Americans will regret what they did because they made a very wrong choice”.
The nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed with world powers including the US. Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for relief from sanctions. But Trump pulled the US out of it in May and restored sanctions on Iran, a move that sparked outcries from other signatories to the deal – France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani hit out at the US for abusing the UN which Trump reportedly plans to use for a series of speeches to push a hard line against Iran.
A year after he shocked his counterparts by threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea in his inaugural UN address, Trump is expected to outline his confrontation with Iran, global trade and his “America first” view of foreign policy…