Iran not a ‘bargaining chip’, Hassan Rouhani tells world leaders at UN

Iran is not a “bargaining chip” to be factored into elections and domestic policy in the United States, Iran President Hassan Rouhani said while stressing that the overall era of dominance and hegemony by a few world powers is “long over.”

Addressing world leaders at the UN General Assembly’s annual debate, Rouhani highlighted the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Programme of Action (JCPOA) as one of the “biggest accomplishments” in the history of diplomacy, adding that Iran had remained faithful to the agreement in spite of what he termed persistent violations by the US.

Rouhani denounced baseless allegations against his country as well as the “unlawful” attempts by the US to “exploit” the Security Council and Resolution 2231.

“I should express our appreciation to the presidents of the Security Council for the months of August and September 2020, as well as to thirteen of its members – especially Russia and China – who twice said a decisive and resounding ‘NO’ to the unlawful US attempt to exploit the Council and its Resolution 2231,” he said.

Iranian leader further stated: “This is a victory not just for Iran, but for the global community – during the transitional international order in the post-Western world – that an aspirant of hegemony is humiliated in such self-created isolation.”

“And for the world: To the world: today is the time to say “no” to bullying and arrogance. Thr era of dominance and hegemony is long over. Our nations and children deserve better and safer world based on the rule of law,” he concluded his speech.