Iran needs defensive weapons to protect nation: Rouhani

Iran needs defensive weapons to protect nation: Rouhani

2017 1:27AMSouth Korea pushes to guarantee safety at OlympicsSouth Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday the country is pushing to ensure security at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympic Games amid the escalating standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons programs.

"I look forward to discussing with you how we can address together what you rightly call the awful nuclear deal with Iran and how to roll back Iran's growing aggression in the region, especially in Syria", the prime minister added.

Hundreds of protesters waved Iranian flags, chanted and held signs that said "free Iran". Prodded by Washington, the United Nations has responded with the toughest economic sanctions on North Korea yet. "We're going to. until that time, we will fulfil our commitments and the President has the matter under consideration", he said.

But the agreement is not just between the US and Iran.

Trump must decide by Oct 15 whether to certify that Iran is complying with the pact, a decision that could sink the deal.

He responded to Donald Trump's Tuesday address, which fiercely criticised Iran, calling it "ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric" that was "unfit to be heard at the United Nations".

Asked if the United States had committed to staying in the pact, she appeared to be at a loss and said: "Another question".

"I do believe that if the United States of America breaks the commitment under the JCPOA no other government in the future will be ready and willing to talk or negotiate with the United States of America", he said, adding,"a government that chooses to trample upon her legal and legitimate global commitments, a conversation or negotiation with such a government would be a waste of time".

"Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one", he said.

Paris took one of the hardest lines against Tehran in the negotiations, but has been quick to restore trade ties and Macron has said repeatedly there is no alternative to the deal.

Ahead of Trump's public criticism at the U.N. General Assembly, his administration slapped more than a dozen sanctions on Iranian individuals and groups in July for aiding its non-nuclear weapons program. Such action could lead Iran to then walk away from the deal or restart some nuclear activities it curtailed two years ago.

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"We will hopefully get this resolved through diplomatic means", Mattis told reporters in Washington.

Which was translated for Iranian viewers as: "The U.S. Army is a very strong army and the Iranian nation is a very strong nation".

"We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilising activities while building risky missiles", Trump said.

French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters it would be a mistake to pull out of the pact.

He further expressed surprise over widespread debates on Iran's national defense program amid a deafening silence over the weapons being used on a daily basis against innocent civilians in Yemen.

This is the third General Assembly since the deal was made, and Rouhani's appearances have reflected the arc of Iranian sentiment about it. "It is therefore important that a full and effective implementation of the deal, in all its parts, and by all parties, continues". If the USA were to withdraw, the deal could collapse.

"Regrettably, since the agreement was confirmed, we have seen anything but a more peaceful, stable region". Money flowing to Iran because of sanctions relief is allowing Tehran to fund these destabilizing activities, the administration argues.

The rhetorical threats have anxious the other countries who are part of the agreement: Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation. "We have to keep the 2015 agreement because it was a good one", he told reporters.

United States officials have sent mixed signals about the nuclear agreement hammered out two years ago by Trump's predeccessor Barak Obama.

A collapse of the 2015 deal, which U.S. President Donald Trump has called "an embarrassment" but which is supported by the other major powers that negotiated it with Iran, could trigger a regional arms race and worsen Middle East tensions.

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