Iranian President Raisi also said that Tehran wants former US President Donald Trump to stand trial for the 2020 killing of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.
Iran’s hardline President Ebrahim Raisi said today from the floor of the UN General Assembly that his country is seeking guarantees that the United States will not again withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.
Raisi, in a defiant tone, also said Tehran wants former US President Donald Trump to be prosecuted for the killing of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in 2020 in Iraq by a US, non-US missile strike. manned aircraft.
At a time when negotiations to revive the 2015 deal appear to be at an impasse, Iran’s president has reiterated that his country is not seeking to acquire nuclear weapons. “The Islamic Republic of Iran does not seek to build or acquire nuclear weapons, and such weapons have not been placed in our doctrine,” he stressed.
France, Germany and Britain, which co-signed the 2015 deal along with the US, Russia and China, are awaiting Tehran’s official response to the conditions they set for reviving the accord. But the Iranian president questioned the sincerity of the American administration of Joe Biden. “They don’t stop repeating the same stories of the past, which makes us question their commitment to return to the agreement. Can we really believe this commitment (by the US) without guarantees and assurances?” he said.
Raisi accused the West of “double standards” when it comes to women’s rights, as his country is rocked by repeated protests over the death of a young woman who was arrested by the morality police.
“There are two standards, two standards, as attention is only paid to one side and not everywhere,” he said, referring to the deaths of aboriginal women in Canada or Israel’s interventions in the Palestinian Territories.
Mahsa Amini was arrested on September 13 for violating the “dress code” and died three days later in hospital after falling into a coma shortly after being brought to a police station. Earlier in his speech to the General Assembly, Chilean President Gabriel Boric paid tribute to Amini, calling for “an end to abuses by the powerful, wherever they are”. British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley also commented, speaking to AFP, that the protests over Amini’s death show that “another path” is possible for Iran. “Iranian leaders should notice that the citizens are unhappy with the direction they have taken. They can take another path,” he insisted.
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