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Iran at forefront of fight against Zionist regime: Rouhani

“Although our enemies have not spared any effort to marginalize the issue of Palestine and Jerusalem Al-Quds , the public opinion, clerics and scholars of the Muslim World will never let this goal be materialized,” Rouhani said on Thursday, addressing the 33rd International Islamic Unity Conference which is underway in Tehran.

The president called on the regional countries for more cooperation among the neighboring countries and the Muslim nations, saying it is the only way to tackle the ongoing crises in the region.

He stressed that relying on the enemies and non-regional powers to solve regional challenges is a “strategic mistake” and will lead nowhere.

The International Islamic Unity Conference, themed “Ummah unity in defending the al-Aqsa Mosque,” started today with the participation of 350 personalities from 93 countries and will go on till November 16.

The International Islamic Unity Conference t is held annually in an effort to lay the ground for stronger unity and solidarity among Muslims and provide solutions for their problems.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/152266/Iran-at-forefront-of-fight-against-Zionist-regime-Rouhani

Rouhani Said ‘Yes’ to Real Talks, Regional Peace at UNGA

Government spokesman Ali Rabiei has, in a piece written on the official website of the Iranian government, hailed the achievements of President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the US and his speech at the UN General Assembly.

What follows are excerpts of Rabiei’s note:

President Rouhani returned to Tehran after the UN General Assembly with one affirmative and two negative responses in line with the new strategy that Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei had opened up for the US to return to P5+1 negotiations.

The concept of negotiation, its definition, and the rules of a real negotiation were revived in light of the president’s clarifications during this trip.

US President Donald Trump claims he wants nothing more than a negotiation without “preconditions”, but Rouhani revealed at a news conference in New York that Trump was lying. The US president has tied the negotiations to sanctions while real negotiations can begin when the sanctions are lifted or at least stopped.

Here comes the notion of “repentance” or the need for America to return to P5+1 as the Leader of Islamic Revolution emphasised wisely.

Rouhani’s success reached its climax when he showed that Iran will not only return to the pre-deal era, but also is ready to take a step forward.

The world, globalisation, and any multilateral negotiations that have a global effect are what Trump is afraid of. Trump has repeatedly spoken of the power of Iranian diplomacy, admitting that “Iranians have not been losers in any negotiations.”

Trump claims that Barack Obama has been deceived by the Iranians and knows that his Secretary of State would not be able to defeat Javad Zarif.

If Trump is not afraid of a negotiation in line with global rules, he should accept Iranian Leader’s invitation to return to the P5+1 talks.

During his speech at the UN, Rouhani said if you want peace in the Persian Gulf you must end bombing of Yemen, and if you want to play a positive role in the peace and reconstruction process in Syria, you must get out of eastern Euphrates and put an end to disruptive role against the territorial integrity of Syria.

Rouhani’s souvenir from New York was a balanced combination of the nuclear deal, global-scale nuclear confidence-building and regional peace.

Here comes the notion of “repentance” or the need for America to return to P5+1 as the Leader of Islamic Revolution emphasised wisely.

Rouhani’s success reached its climax when he showed that Iran will not only return to the pre-deal era, but also is ready to take a step forward.

The world, globalisation, and any multilateral negotiations that have a global effect are what Trump is afraid of. Trump has repeatedly spoken of the power of Iranian diplomacy, admitting that “Iranians have not been losers in any negotiations.”

Trump claims that Barack Obama has been deceived by the Iranians and knows that his Secretary of State would not be able to defeat Javad Zarif.

If Trump is not afraid of a negotiation in line with global rules, he should accept Iranian Leader’s invitation to return to the P5+1 talks.

During his speech at the UN, Rouhani said if you want peace in the Persian Gulf you must end bombing of Yemen, and if you want to play a positive role in the peace and reconstruction process in Syria, you must get out of eastern Euphrates and put an end to disruptive role against the territorial integrity of Syria.

Rouhani’s souvenir from New York was a balanced combination of the nuclear deal, global-scale nuclear confidence-building and regional peace.

https://ifpnews.com/rouhani-said-yes-to-real-talks-regional-peace-at-unga

Iran president warns of a region on the edge of collapse

Iran’s president used the world’s stage on Wednesday to warn that security in the Persian Gulf could unravel with a “single blunder” and its fragile peace be guaranteed only by the region’s countries, not through US intervention or Washington’s “merciless economic terrorism.”

President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States of engaging in “international piracy” against his country by re-imposing economic sanctions after Washington withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Tehran “will never negotiate with an enemy that seeks to make Iran surrender with the weapon of poverty,” Hassan Rouhani said in his highly anticipated speech at the UN General Assembly. “Stop the sanctions so as to open the way for the start of negotiations.”

His words came shortly after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced additional US sanctions targeting Iran’s ability to sell its oil, this time imposing penalties on six Chinese companies and their chief executives for continuing to transport Iranian crude.

“We’re telling China and all nations, know that we will sanction every violation of sanctionable activity,” Pompeo said at an event for United Against a Nuclear Iran, a lobby group opposed to the nuclear deal, a few blocks from where Hassan Rouhani was speaking at the United Nations’ headquarters.

Tensions in the Middle East have risen as the nuclear deal unravels under US pressure and Iran turns back to expanding its nuclear enrichment program, despite previous compliance with it for up to a year after Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the accord.

The escalating crisis has raised concerns of a direct conflict – a scenario that all parties, including bitter rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, have stressed they want to avoid. The United States, meanwhile, has sent military reinforcements and heightened its security presence around the Persian Gulf.

In his UN speech on Tuesday, Donald Trump described Iran as “one of the greatest threats” to the planet.

Hassan Rouhani said US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria had failed, with Washington “unable to resolve the more sophisticated issues” plaguing the Middle East.

“Security shall not be supplied with American weapons and intervention,” he said. “Security cannot be purchased or supplied by foreign governments.”

While Hassan Rouhani’s manner was measured, his words were ominous.

“Our region is on the edge of collapse, as a single blunder can fuel a big fire,” he said, adding that it will become secure only when US troops withdraw.

The vast divide between the Washington and Tehran runs right through the narrow Strait of Hormuz, a critical shipping waterway at the mouth of the Persian Gulf where a fifth of the world’s oil passes each day.

Months of lower-level attacks on oil tankers near the strait and Iran’s shooting down of a US surveillance drone over the waterway have been blamed on Iran.

The most stunning attack unfolded earlier this month when drones and missiles struck key oil sites in Saudi Arabia, jolting global oil prices and temporarily knocking out nearly 6% of daily global crude oil production.

Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks, and says any strikes by the US or Saudi Arabia will lead to “all-out war.” Saudi Arabia has invited UN investigators to assess where the strikes were launched from, and says Iranian weapons were used.

Hassan Rouhani used his time at the podium to appeal to Iran’s neighbors, saying their destinies are intertwined. The free flow of oil “could be guaranteed,” he said, when there is security for all the region’s countries.

He also talked about Iran’s proposal for a Coalition for Hope, or the Hormuz Peace Initiative, that Tehran envisions would be formed under a UN umbrella and involve Middle Eastern countries.

“Neighbor comes first; then comes the house,” he said. “We are neighbors with each other and not with the United States.”

Iranian state television broadcast Hassan Rouhani’s speech live across the country of 80 million people, many of whom are struggling under the weight of crippling US sanctions that have sent the Iranian economy into freefall and limited Tehran’s ability to sell its oil abroad.

Diplomatic efforts in Europe have scrambled to preserve the nuclear deal by searching- still unsuccessfully- for ways around the US sanctions. Just before his speech, the remaining signatories to the accord – Russia, China, Britain France, Germany and Iran – stressed they are trying to preserve it.

Despite months of diplomatic frenzy, Hassan Rouhani said Iran has “only heard beautiful words.”

“Europe is unable and incapable of fulfilling its commitments,” he said, warning: “Our patience has a limit.”

The European position appears to have shifted after the Sept. 14 attack on Saudi oil sites. In a joint statement, Britain, France and Germany joined the US this week in blaming Iran for the attack and in saying that the time had come for Iran to accept negotiations on its missile program and issues of regional security. These are two key main issues Donald Trump says the nuclear deal did not address when it was completed under the Obama administration.

In his speech at the UN, Donald Trump left open the possibility of diplomatic engagement with Iran. As Hassan Rouhani ended his remarks, he also suggested there was still room for diplomacy.

“Let’s return to justice, to peace, to law, commitment and promise and finally to the negotiating table,” he said.

https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/iran-president-warns-region-edge-collapse-1603264-2019-09-26

Rouhani urges Europe to honor its JCPOA commitments

President Rouhani held talks with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Rouhani stressed that improving Iran’s economy through removing bans was one of the commitments of the signatories to the deal, urging Europe to implement its commitments, including the operation of the INSTEX trade mechanism.

Rouhani also slammed the recent E3 – France, Germany, UK – statement which accuses Iran of being behind attacks on Aramco, noting, “Issuing this baseless statement in the current critical and complicated conditions is not constructive and beneficial at all.” This is while Yemeni forces have accepted the responsibility of the attack, saying it was a response to years of Saudi invasion of their country.

Rouhani also went on to refer to Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE), which will be brought about at his UNGA speech today, and described cooperation among regional countries as the only way to establish sustainable peace and stability in the region.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, for his part, said that London is willing to develop relations with Tehran, adding that his country has always supported the JCPOA and will continue to do so.

He also said that the British foreign minister worked hard to dissuade the United States from withdrawing from the JCPOA, but to no avail.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/150430/Rouhani-urges-Europe-to-honor-its-JCPOA-commitments

Macron says conditions in place for Trump, Rouhani talks

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that conditions were now in place for the leaders of the United States and Iran to meet at the United Nations, but it remained their decision on whether to move forward.

“I believe that the conditions in this context for a rapid return to negotiations have been created,” Macron told reporters on Tuesday after holding separate meetings with US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

“There is a common intent to progress and to not just find the terms of a de-escalation, but to build a long-term accord,” he said.

“But it depends on the will of both sides.”

Macron has been pressing for a diplomatic solution to the ongoing crisis, meeting Rouhani twice in the last two days, and previously offering economic incentives aimed at coaxing the Iranian leader to meet with Trump.

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull, reporting from the UN, said there had been a flurry of diplomatic initatives by world leaders to make what would be an historic meeting possible.

But Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have also declared that Iran was responsible for the attacks on Saudi oil facilities earlier this month, in a move which could jeopardise any rapprochement.

The joint statement, issued on Monday, only managed to anger Iranian leaders, with Rouhani dismissing it as “unsubstantiated accusations”.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry’s response was even more heated, calling the announcement “highly destructive and provocative”.

It added that such “irresponsible” remarks could set a “dangerous trend” in the region.

Possible concessions

Despite the sharp rhetoric, Rouhani held separate talks with the leaders of the three nations on Tuesday at the UN headquarters.

But he remained firm in his demand that the US must first lift the tough sanctions imposed on Iran, before he will agree to a meeting with Trump.

Earlier, he had indicated that he would not meet Trump for the sake on a “photo opportunity”, without getting a commitment for the US to lift the sanctions.

In an interview with CNN, Rouhani’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said that Iran would be prepared to sign an agreement with the US allowing more intrusive inspections in exchange for Trump lifting sanctions and the US Congress ratifying the deal.

On Tuesday, Macron was asked whether he thought Trump and Rouhani could still meet this week, and he said the two leaders should not miss the chance.

“I don’t think in the coming weeks and months there will be an opportunity for him (Rouhani) to come back to the US, and I don’t think President Trump will be going to Tehran,” he said.

“It’s a physical opportunity to seize because I think the best way to start a negotiation is to have a meeting, have a frank discussion between the two main protagonists,” Macron said.

In his speech earlier on Monday, Trump gave no indication that he was planning to ease the “maximum pressure” policy that it has employed towards Tehran.

“As long as Iran’s menacing behaviour continues, sanctions will not be lifted. They will be tightened,” Trump told the General Assembly.

“All nations have a duty to act. No responsible government should subsidise Iran’s bloodlust,” he said.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/macron-conditions-place-trump-rouhani-talks-190925005741633.html

Iran may not attend UN summit in New York: Reports

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his delegation may not be able to attend an annual UN meeting in New York because the US government has not issued visas to them, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Wednesday.

“Up until this moment,” the Iranian delegation has not been able to travel to New York due to the US government not issuing visas, reported IRNA. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) is holding its annual meeting at its New York headquarters.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and President Rouhani were scheduled to leave Tehran for New York on Friday and Monday respectively, according to IRNA. However, their trips will “probably” be cancelled if the US does not issue visas within the next few hours, IRNA reported.

Iran’s non-attendance at the UNGA, if confirmed, would show that the US does not value diplomacy, said IRNA, adding that Iran will not “leave the scene empty” and will continue its “active diplomacy.”

The UN’s 193 member countries are due to meet at the UN’s headquarters in New York, with the general debate starting on September 23, 2019. The theme of this year’s debate is: “Galvanising multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion.”

The US is pursuing a policy of “maximum pressure” sanctions against Iran in response to Iran’s destabilizing actions across the region. US officials have accused Iran of carrying out Saturday’s drone attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities.

President Donald Trump had said on September 12 that he believes that Iran’s leadership wants a meeting, adding to expectations that he is trying to arrange a summit with Rouhani at the upcoming assembly. Iran, however, said on September 16 that there would be no meeting between Rouhani and Trump at the UN.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2019/09/18/Iran-may-not-attend-UN-summit-in-New-York-Reports.html

Iran rejects any chance of Rouhani-Trump meeting as UNGA looms

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi dismissed any lingering speculations that Iranian President Rouhani and US President Trump would meet and hold talks during Rouhani’s stay in New York for the upcoming UN General Assembly.

“There is no such program on our agenda, and the meeting will not happen in New York,” Mousavi stressed.

“Mr. Rouhani has explicitly stated that we do not care for meeting for meeting’s sake, or just taking pictures together. Negotiations must lead to an acceptable result,” he added.

“We have stated that the US can take part at Iran’s JCPOA meetings with other sides to the deal if and only if it eases or ceases its economic terrorism against us and returns to the JCPOA,” the spokesman stressed.

Mousavi also said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is under US sanction, will accompany President Hassan Rouhani on his upcoming visit to New York if the necessary grounds are provided.

The 74th session of the UNGA will open in New York on Sept. 17. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be on Sept. 24, where President Rouhani is scheduled to deliver a speech.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/150100/Iran-rejects-any-chance-of-Rouhani-Trump-meeting-as-UNGA-looms

Rouhani: Iran will further cut nuclear commitments if necessary

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran will further cut nuclear commitments if necessary during a television address.

Rouhani urged the US to end its “maximum pressure, belligerent policies” towards Iran.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2019/09/11/Rouhani-Iran-will-further-cut-nuclear-commitments-if-necessary.html

Trump ready to meet Rouhani without preconditions

Two of Donald Trump’s top lieutenants said Tuesday he is ready to meet his Iranian counterpart without preconditions after the US president sacked his hawkish national security adviser, while insisting there will be no easing of pressure on Tehran.

Even as the removal of national security hardliner John Bolton triggered speculation that Trump might soften his approach to Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined Israel in alleging “possible undeclared nuclear activities” by Tehran, and the US administration imposed new terrorist designations on leaders of some groups linked to the Islamic republic.

“Now the president has made clear, he is happy to take a meeting with no preconditions, but we are maintaining the maximum pressure campaign,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, just days after Iran announced it had fired up centrifuges to boost its enriched uranium stockpiles.

Pompeo, standing alongside Mnuchin in the White House, said “sure” when asked whether Trump could meet Rouhani later this month at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The remarks came just 90 minutes after Trump announced he had sent Bolton packing, and Pompeo and Mnuchin cautioned that Bolton’s exit should not be seen as heralding major policy shifts.

“I would say Secretary Pompeo and myself and the president are completely aligned on our maximum pressure campaign,” Mnuchin said.

Tehran reacted swiftly to Bolton’s departure, with a Rouhani aide saying it signaled Washington’s pressure was failing.

“Bolton’s marginalization and his subsequent removal isn’t an accident but a clear sign of the defeat of America’s maximum pressure strategy” against Iran, Hesameddin Ashena tweeted.

“Have no doubt that we have the power to manage the US approach towards Iran and will never back down. The blockade of Iran will break.”

Going ‘soft?’

If Tehran sees optimism in Bolton’s ouster, some hawkish US lawmakers warned that easing the squeeze on Iran would be an enormous mistake, enabling Europe to, in Senator Ted Cruz’s words, “send an economic lifeline to the Ayatollah.”

The US also designated leaders of groups within the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, and the operational arm of Hamas.

“You know we’ve done more sanctions on Iran than anybody, and it’s absolutely working,” Mnuchin said.

Tensions have been escalating between Iran and the United States since May last year, when Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran and began reimposing sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.

On Tuesday, Washington joined Israel in accusing Iran of new deceptions about its nuclear program, a move that further strained European-led attempts to salvage a multinational deal.

Iran denounced the accusations leveled on Monday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said that the clerical regime operated a previously undisclosed site aimed at developing nuclear weapons but destroyed it after it was detected.

Pompeo, without directly referencing Netanyahu, urged Iran to comply with the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“The Iranian regime’s lack of full cooperation with @iaeaorg raises questions about possible undeclared nuclear material or activities,” Pompeo tweeted.

“The world won’t fall for it. We will deny the regime all paths to a nuclear weapon.”

A potential summit between Trump and the Iranian leadership sparked interest from the mogul-turned-president, but it is adamantly opposed by Netanyahu, who faces elections next week and sees Iran as an existential threat.

In a live television address, Netanyahu showed pictures of an alleged site near Abadeh, south of Isfahan, where he said Iran conducted experiments to develop nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu said Israel found out about the site during a daring raid into Tehran and that the regime demolished the site sometime between late June and late July after realizing that Israel was aware.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-ready-to-meet-rouhani-without-preconditions/

Trump says he could meet with Iranian President Rouhani

US President Donald Trump said on Monday he could meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and that he had no problem with such an encounter, Reuters reports.

“It could happen. It could happen. No problem with me,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

Trump has stepped up sanctions against Iran since he withdrew from a 2015 nuclear pact between Iran and six world powers, saying the agreement left open a path for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons and did not address what the United States calls Iran’s malign activities in the region.

Rouhani has said Iran, which denies seeking nuclear weapons, would not talk to the United States until Washington lifted the sanctions it has reimposed on Tehran after pulling out of the nuclear deal.

“Iran should straighten out because frankly they are in a very bad position right now,” Trump said.

Last week Trump said a meeting with Rouhani was possible at the UN General Assembly in New York later in September.

“Sure, anything’s possible. They would like to be able to solve their problem,” Trump told White House reporters on Wednesday, referring to inflation in Iran. “We could solve it in 24 hours.”

Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, said last week more sanctions against Iran were coming and the United States was committed to its campaign of “maximum pressure.”

Rouhani told an open session of the Iranian parliament on Thursday: “No decision has ever been taken to hold talks with the US and there has been a lot of offers for talks but our answer will always be negative.”

“If America lifts all the sanctions then, like before, it can join multilateral talks between Tehran and parties to the 2015 deal,” Rouhani added.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190910-trump-says-he-could-meet-with-iranian-president-rouhani/