Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Outraged by Trump's "Stupid" UN Speech

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Outraged by Trump's

Criticism by the Donald Trump administration of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers, including the United States, has focused heavily on Tehran's continuing missile programme.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Mr Netanyahu said the "sunset clause" in the 2015 deal would pave the way for an Iranian bomb, not halt progress as the proponents of the deal claim.

Trump's hostile speech against Iran at the United Nations was not positive in any way to the United States, Khamenei said, as reported by Xinhua - which Antara monitored in Jakarta, early Friday (22/9).

Mr Rouhani responded by referring to a "rogue newcomer to global politics".

Meanwhile, the Israeli leader publicly told Trump that "I look forward to discussing with you how we can address together what you rightly call a bad nuclear deal with Iran, and how to roll back Iran's growing aggression in the region, especially in Syria", Efe news reported.

It would be a "great pity", he added, if the agreement were to be destroyed by Mr Trump.

They met behind closed doors with the other countries involved in a nuclear deal that President Trump has threatened to pull the US out of.

Earlier in the day, the United States president stated that he had made a decision on the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran, however, he refused to announce it.

On Tuesday, he also accused Iran's government of being bent on "death and destruction".

For the first time since he took office, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met face-to-face with his Iranian counterpart, the Iranian foreign minister. "It is inappropriate for the rhetoric against the agreement to be heard from the UN podium, which was created to advance peace and respect among nations". At a news conference Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed hope that the deal could be upheld, noting that the US does not appear to have an alternative.

Iran came to the bargaining table in response to sanctions by not only the US, but also players that had economic leverage - the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the European Union, China and Russian Federation. That would be a reckless move that likely would accelerate Iran's nuclear program, and would undermine our efforts to hinder the nuclear-weapons program of North Korea and other hostile nations.

Shortly before Rouhani's address, Trump told reporters he has made up his mind on the future of the nuclear deal, but refused to elaborate.

"It's not a clear signal he plans to withdraw".

Low-enriched uranium, which has a 3%-4% concentration of U-235, can be used to produce fuel for nuclear power plants, but it can also be enriched to the 90% needed to produce nuclear weapons.

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