The Iranian president insisted that his country was ready to reach an agreement on its nuclear activities, but questioned whether the United States would stick to a possible deal in the future.
The United States has already “trampled” the previous agreement, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi said in his speech to the UN General Assembly, referring to the US decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal in 2018.
There is “a strong and sincere desire to resolve all issues” in the nuclear talks, Raisi declared, but added: “Our only desire is to fulfill the commitments we have made.”
“Can we really trust without guarantees that they will fulfill their commitments this time?” He added a reference to the United States.
Tehran dropped all limits placed on its nuclear development after former President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of a deal brokered by the Barack Obama administration.
Changes in US foreign policy, coupled with changes in government in Washington, have worried not only Iran but also allied countries, who question whether the United States is able to comply with the agreements signed on issues such as security and the fight against climate change. would be able.
Even when he expressed his desire to reach an agreement, Raisi criticized that he conducted an uneven investigation of Iranian nuclear activities compared to other countries, with reference to Israel, which has never had a nuclear weapon. not confirmed or denied.
US President Joe Biden announced in his speech on the same platform that “we will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon”, but stressed that the United States would seek to renegotiate the deal if Iran increases its commitment. ready for
Raisi, formerly the head of the Iranian judiciary, denounced the West’s “double standards” on human rights. He accused Israel of building the world’s largest prison through the blockade of the Gaza Strip.
He also cited mass graves of indigenous people found in Canada and the detention of migrants along the southern border of the US.
With his head covered by the traditional turban of Shia clerics, Raisi held a portrait of General Qasim Sulemani, whom he described as a “lover of freedom”. Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards, was killed in a Trump-authorized airstrike in Iraq in 2020.