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Rouhani slams Trump's U.N. speech as 'ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric'

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 02:22

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday criticized President Trump's speech Tuesday before the United Nations General Assembly, and said that Iran would not be intimidated by threats as he promised to stick with the 2015 nuclear pact. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized President Trump's U.N. speech and said that Iran would not be intimidated by threats as the country promised to stick with the 2015 nuclear pact. "I declare before you that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not be the first country to violate the agreement," Rouhani said on Wednesday at the United Nations. He said Iran would respond "decisively and resolutely" to a violation of the accord by any party. "It will be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by 'rogue' newcomers to the world of politics: the world will have lost a great opportunity," Rouhani said in a slight to businessman Trump, who on Tuesday described Iran as a "rogue" state. Trump said on Wednesday that he had made his decision on whether the United States will remain in the 2015 Iran nuclear pact but declined to reveal it as Iran vowed not to be the first to violate the accord. "I have decided," Trump told reporters when asked if he had made up his mind after having criticized the accord between Iran and world powers under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions. In a pugnacious speech on Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly, Trump described the deal as "an embarrassment" and accused Iran of exporting "violence, bloodshed and chaos."

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Rouhani slams Trump's U.N. speech as 'ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric'

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 02:22