Rouhani: No Negotiations Without Lifting Sanctions

  • "Ladies and gentlemen, the Middle East is burning in the flames of war, bloodshed, aggression, occupation and religious and sectarian fanaticism and extremism," Rouhani said.
  • One of the key points of Rouhani's remarks was his reference to the Islamic Republic's security doctrine.
  • Rouhani also tweeted that "the route to peace and security in the ME is 'democracy at home; diplomacy abroad.'"

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic would only negotiate with the United States if sanctions were lifted first. He reiterated that the free flow of oil would be provided if it was for all countries. Rouhani begins his speech at the 74th UN General Assembly on Security in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.

Hassan Rouhani is the seventh and current President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has been a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts since 1999, and was Chief Nuclear Negotiator from 2003 to 2005. He was re-elected President in 2017.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the Middle East is burning in the flames of war, bloodshed, aggression, occupation and religious and sectarian fanaticism and extremism,” Rouhani said. He claimed that it was the Islamic Republic that advocated security and stability in the region, and considered the United States to be a deterrent to stability and peace.

One of the key points of Rouhani’s remarks was his reference to the Islamic Republic’s security doctrine. He reiterated that peace and stability in the Persian Gulf, and the security of shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, are provided only if the security is for all countries. Rouhani said US withdrawal was a condition of stability in the region. Rouhani warned that Iran’s patience has a limit so far, and only one spark can ignite a great fire. Rouhani added: “The security of our region shall be provided when American troops pull out, security shall not be supplied with American weapons and intervention.”

Rouhani cited Iran’s cooperation with Turkey and Russia to provide “security” in Syria, Yemen, and the Persian Gulf. The United States, he argued, considered the cause of security and stability to be detrimental. The cleric and president threatened that “the security of Saudi Arabia shall be guaranteed with the termination of aggression to Yemen, rather than by inviting foreigners, such a government is clearly unable to resolve more sophisticated issues of today.”

He also claimed that the Islamic Republic is working to “promote peace, stability, and prosperity” for all residents of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, and called for peaceful and friendly relations with them. Rouhani told the US that “Iran during the last four decades fought against terrorism unequivocally. Iran is a country that has brought peace in the region.”

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA or GA) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations (UN), the only one in which all member nations have equal representation, and the main deliberative, policy-making, and representative organ of the UN.

He insisted there would be no negotiation as long as sanctions continue. “We Iranians have been pioneers of freedom-seeking movements in the Middle East,” Rouhani said. He also claimed that the Iranian economy has experienced the highest economic growth rate in the world in a year, even despite the sanctions. Rouhani also tweeted that “the route to peace and security in the ME is ‘democracy at home; diplomacy abroad.'”

In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Rouhani said that Washington must first create necessary conditions for Iran and US leaders to negotiate “lost trust” between the two countries. Rouhani called it a fundamental way to restore confidence in “lifting all sanctions” against Iran.

The Iranian president also called the United States “the main supporter of terrorism in the Middle East,” in response to yesterday’s speech by his US counterpart Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly.

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