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Rouhani defends nuke deal
September 21, 2017
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UNITED NATIONS: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday defended the nuclear deal at the United Nations (UN), saying it was an internationally-backed accord whose fate could not be decided by “one or two countries.”

The 2015 deal was “overwhelmingly applauded by the international community and endorsed as part of Resolution 2231” adopted by the Security Council, Rouhani told the UN General Assembly.

“As such it belongs to the international community in its entirety and not only to one or two countries,” he said.

The United States is looking for support from its allies to persuade Iran to re-open talks on the nuclear deal, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.

“We do need the support of our allies, our European allies and others, to make the case as well to Iran that this deal really needs to be revisited,” Tillerson told the Fox News television channel.

The US diplomat-in-chief spoke on the eve of his first meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and foreign ministers from the five other signatories of the 2015 nuclear accord: Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.

In his first address to the UN General Assembly, President Donald Trump signalled he was ready to kill the nuclear deal, dubbing it “an embarrassment to the United States.”

Trump is unhappy with the Iran nuclear deal but has not signalled he will abandon it, the US ambassador to the United Nations said on Wednesday as she pressed Tehran to halt ballistic missile tests and stop supporting terrorism and arms smuggling.


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