President at cabinet session:In the UN visit, politics, diplomacy revolved around where Iranian delegation was
Stating that despite the pressures on the people, today, is the day of dignity for the Iranian nation, Dr Rouhani said, “The great Iranian nation’s power has become clearer and its position higher after 1.5 years of constant economic pressures”.
Speaking on Wednesday morning at a cabinet session, President Hassan Rouhani said, “History has repeated itself 41 years after the revolution. Everybody has put us under pressure and the United States is imposing the toughest economic pressures on us, not letting foreign companies to work with us”.
“They thought that these pressures would give them the results they wanted, but today, we feel that it is the contrary,” he said.
The President continued, “In my visit to New York, it was crystal clear that today is the day of the Iranian nation’s dignity,” adding that the feeling of dignity was completely clear in the recent visit to Armenia as well.
He added, “In the visit to the United Nations headquarters, politics and diplomacy were revolving around where the Iranian delegation was, and everybody wanted to hear about regional dynamics and global politics from Iran”.
“They all felt that Iran’s actions can even affect the United States’ domestic politics as well,” said the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Dr Rouhani added, “The anti-Iranian lobby had set a plot to tell the people around the world that Iran has begun a tension in the critical Persian Gulf region”.
He continued, “It was necessary for us to foil this plot and tell people around the world that those who have created these problems in the region are the same people who have been savagely bombarding the innocent people of Yemen”.
“What we felt during our short stay in New York was that the negative atmosphere against Iran was destroyed; especially because of the fact that we advocated peace and proposed Hormuz Peace Endeavour (HOPE) initiative,” said the President.
He added, “They wanted to convince the public opinions that everything is ready for a peaceful diplomacy and it is Iran that is being stubborn”.
“In my 70-hour visit to New York, we had 15 meetings with world leaders, and we could shatter the conspiracy that the enemies had planned against Iran,” he said.
Dr Rouhani continued, “Something important happened as well; the P5+1, which was dead to the anti-Iranians, Israel, regional reactionaries and the White House, was something that everybody was working to form again”.
“The P5+1 was based on an agreement and if they want to work within its framework, it is fine to us. P4+1 convened in New York, and it could be P5+1,” he said.
The President also said, “Of course, France had prepared a plan that could be acceptable, because it was basically based on the demand that Iran must not seek nuclear weapons, which we had already said it wasn’t, and the US must abandon all its sanctions”.
“These were the principles that the French had run by the Americans and then by us. What happened in New York, despite what others may think that was the settlement point, was far from settlement. Such an important matter cannot be settled within a few hours without considering all its aspects,” he said.
Dr Rouhani added, “Of course, it was important for the Americans to make a news bomb out of it with the aim of changing the domestic conditions to their own benefit”.
Stating that the road is not closed, he said, “Whenever the Iranian nation’s rights and respect are observed, the path is clear”.
Whatever we have is because of the Iranian nation’s resistance, said the President, adding, “If the Iranian nation hadn’t resisted, nobody would have come to meet with us in New York. If our armed forces hadn’t shoot down the drone that violated Iran’s airspace, we wouldn’t have the current position”.
“We warned, gave some time and then we took action; in defence, the wait time is a matter of seconds, but in diplomacy, it can take 2 months. We give two months and then we take action. But, what we saw here was that everybody understood that the Iranian nation will not be defeated”.
Dr Rouhani continued by saying that we agreed to the general framework that Europe sought and insisted on, with modifications to those terms, adding, "We have always sought security in the region and never sought nuclear weapons. They must lift sanctions and allow Iran's commercial activities to happen freely”.
The President emphasised that perhaps because some have made other inferences, I would like to thank the French President for making every effort within that 48-hour time, especially for 24 hours, to make it happen, saying, “We cooperated, but the party that obstructed it was the White House; Iran, Paris, Tokyo and the rest of the countries were not to blame”.
Noting that the US was telling Europeans in a private message that it was ready, but later announcing in interviews that it was going to tighten sanctions, Dr Rouhani emphasised, "How can you believe that?”
"I think the road is clear, and the whole world has come to the conclusion that America's withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was wrong, and the US will not succeed," the president emphasised.
Dr Rouhani pointed out, "Everyone came to the conclusion that the JCPOA was the best deal of the time”.