Boring – but not excusable. For starters, cowboy diplomacy is not good for world peace, something the United States has always vowed to protect. North Korea has not called America’s bluff, and neither will Iran, but the world shouldn’t have to face even the slightest risk when it’s totally preventable. Trump isn’t known for reaching out to countries he has problems with, and yet his latest tweet on Iran still made peace advocates squirm. “Never, ever threaten the United States again,” his all-caps message to Iranian President Rouhani said. “Or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before.” Let that sink in. It was a provocative statement to someone the US government itself claimed could go out of control with nuclear weapons in his possession. The tweet was also sent as Trump issued an unmistakable “us or them” threat to trade partners and political allies, who must be … [Read more...] about Is Hassan Rouhani the new Kim Jong-un?
World French President Emmanuel Macron and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone on Sunday and agreed to work together in coming weeks to preserve the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, the Elysee said in a statement. 30 Apr 2018 02:35AM Bookmark PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone on Sunday and agreed to work together in coming weeks to preserve the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, the Elysee said in a statement.In a conversation lasting more than an hour, Macron also proposed that the discussions be broadened to cover "three additional, indispensable subjects", his office said, citing Tehran's ballistic missile programmes, its nuclear activities beyond 2025 and "the main regional crises" in the Middle East.The United States has been trying to drum up support for new sanctions against Iran, and has repeatedly threatened to tear up the 2015 agreement.(Reporting by Laurence Frost; Editing by Hugh Lawson) … [Read more...] about Macron, Rouhani agree to work on saving Iran nuclear deal
TABRIZ: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday (Apr 25) questioned the legitimacy of demands for a fresh nuclear agreement with Tehran, after the leaders of the US and France called for a "new" deal."Together with a leader of a European country they say: 'We want to decide on an agreement reached by seven parties'. What for? With what right?" Rouhani said in a speech.US President Donald Trump has fiercely criticised a three-year-old deal reached by world powers to curb Iran's nuclear programme, and threatened to pull the US out of the agreement.Trump is eyeing a broader pact that also limits Iran's ballistic missile programme and support for armed groups across the Middle East.European signatories to the 2015 deal have been scrambling to salvage it, with French President Emmanuel Macron saying Tuesday after talks with Trump that he wished "for now to work on a new deal with Iran".Iran has repeatedly insisted it is sticking to the nuclear deal and will not negotiate over its … [Read more...] about Iran’s Rouhani questions ‘right’ to seek new nuclear deal
TEHRAN: President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran "does not intend any aggression" against its neighbours but will continue to produce all the weapons it needs for its defence. "We tell the world that we will produce any weapons that we need, or if necessary we will procure them. We have not been waiting ... and will not wait for your remarks or agreement," said Rouhani at a military parade in Tehran to mark the annual Army Day. "But at the same time we announce to our neighbouring countries in the region... we do not intend any aggression against you." The United States and its allies have been demanding that Iran curb its ballistic missile programme, but Tehran sees this as crucial to its defensive posture. US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up the 2015 nuclear deal that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs to its atomic programme unless new restrictions are imposed on its missile programme and other areas by May 12. "We want friendly and brotherly … [Read more...] about We don’t intend any aggression in the region: Rouhani
TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday (Apr 9) that the United States would regret violating the nuclear deal, and that Iran would respond in "less than a week" if that happened."We will not be the first to violate the accord but they should definitely know that they will regret it if they violate it," Rouhani told a conference to mark National Nuclear Technology Day in Tehran."We are much more prepared than they think, and they will see that if they violate this accord, within a week, less than a week, they will see the result." … [Read more...] about Iran’s Rouhani says US ‘will regret it’ if it violates nuke deal