January 24 2018

Iran's Khamenei slams Trump's 'gangster and cowboy' speech

January 24 2018, 01:44 | Sammy Rose

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Iran will strengthen its missile capabilities and will not seek any country's permission, President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday in a snub to demands from U.S. President Donald Trump.

The Iranian defense minister referred to Trump's "discourteous remarks" at the UNGA and said such threatening language would impact Iran's will in no way.

On Wednesday, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command Air Force Gen. John Hyten said Iran was operating under the agreement, but at the same time, "rapidly" deploying and developing ballistic missiles.

"An American government that chooses to trample on her legal and legitimate worldwide commitments, a conversation with such a government would be a waste of time", Rouhani told reporters on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The US has "significant issues" with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after meeting his Iranian counterpart here amidst worldwide efforts to implement the crucial agreement.

Later Wednesday, Rouhani said the Iranian people were waiting for an apology from Trump for his "extremely offensive" rhetoric and "unfounded" allegations about Iran. She added, "This is an agreement that prevented a nuclear program and potentially prevented a military intervention...."

On July 17, The New York Times wrote about the Trump administration's meeting to certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal for a second time.

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Without revealing his decision, Trump told journalists "I have decided" ahead of an October 15 deadline to re-up the agreement. "It is a UNSC document, which belongs to the entire global community", Rouhani said, adding that Iran would respond to any breach of the JCPOA.

Iran unveiled what it said was a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000km, capable of carrying several warheads, during commemorations for the Iran-Iraq war and days after the United States president called Tehran a "corrupt dictatorship". The trade-off - new sanctions in exchange for an unfettered Iranian nuclear program - is undoubtedly worse for US security.

The Iranian president also lashed out at Israel, saying it was not acceptable that the Zionist regime of Israel, which is not committee to worldwide law and whose nuclear weapons pose a threat to the region and the entire world, advises peace-loving nations.

In contrast with Obama's policy of detente with Iran after decades of mutual hostility, Trump called Iran "a corrupt dictatorship" on Tuesday and accused it of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the Middle East. "We have opened our doors to engagement and cooperation", Iranian leader said.

"The presence and influence of Iran caused the plots and intentions of the U.S. and the Zionist regime (of Israel) to fail in the region, and that is the reason for their anger", he added. It further expresses suspicion at the prospect of Iran ever allowing renegotiation of the terms of the deal, in spite of some analysts' claims to the contrary.

"Iran is operating under the agreements that we signed up for under [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]", he said at the Hudson Institute. The country's successful launch of its first satellite back in 2005 prompted a federal case against Nader Modanlo, a naturalized US citizen who was accused of helping Iran accomplish the feat.

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