Iran will never hold talks with the United States under pressure, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, but added that lifting all the sanctions Washington imposed on Tehran and respecting a U.N.
Security Council resolution could pave the way for talks.
EXISTING GRAPHICS MAY BE OVERWRITTEN BY CLIENT'S OWN GRAPHICS BUT NO FURTHER EDITS ARE PERMITTED, INCLUDING FOR LENGTH** Tensions soared between the US and Iran at the United Nations Wednesday, as European and other leaders pushed for a breakthrough in the nuclear standoff between the nations.
(SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN PRESIDENT, HASSAN ROUHANI SAYING: "On behalf of my nation and state, I would like to announce that our response to any negotiation under sanctions is negative." In his address to the UN General Assembly, Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, appeared to close the door on any possible negotiations in the near future between Tehran and Washington.
And Rouhani warned the world that the Gulf region is on the verge of collapse, if the U.S does not ease its economic sanctions targeting Iran's oil sector.
(SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN PRESIDENT, HASSAN ROUHANI SAYING "Our region is on the edge of collapse, as single blunder can fuel a big fire." The standoff between the rivals has been escalating, with the U.S. blaming Iran for the recent strike on Saudi Arabian oil facilities that shook the Gulf region and global oil markets.
Iran denies that it was behind that attack.
Rouhani's speech came a day after President Trump blasted Iran for what he called its rising aggression and vowed to increase sanctions on Tehran.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "No responsible government should subsidize Iran's blood lust.
As long as Iran's menacing behavior continues sanctions will not be lifted.
They will be tightened." Just minutes before Rouhani's speech to the General Assembly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced bruising new sanctions against Iran's biggest oil customer - China.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, MIKE POMPEO, SAYING: "Today we are imposing sanctions on certain Chinese entities for knowingly transporting oil from Iran contrary to United States sanctions." Trump walked away from the 2015 nuclear deal last year, saying he wants a new agreement that would put stricter restrictions on Iran's atomic program and ballistic missile work.
But Rouhani has insisted the U.S. should give more in return for greater concessions.
Despite the growing tensions, France and the UK had hoped Trump and Rouhani would meet face to face while both in were in New York.
Sources tell Reuters the chance of that happening is zero.
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The European Foundation for South Asian Studies, a think-tank based in Amsterdam has exposed Pakistan for harbouring terrorists in its territory during the ongoing 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Genava. In her intervention, Veronica Ekelund, Research Analyst at EFSAS said that Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi have time and again confessed at international platforms that their country shelters terrorists. "Respect for human rights is universal and paramount and applies to all countries, including Pakistan. And, Terrorism inherently undermines the promotion and protection of human rights. Talking to CNN in February 2019, Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi admitted that UN designated Terrorist and Chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Masood Azhar, resides in Pakistan. To BBC in March 2019, Mr. Qureshi also confessed that his Government and Jaish-e-Mohammed maintained official contact", Veronica told UN. She added, "In July 2019, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan told the US Institute of Peace in Washington that his country hosts 40,000 terrorists. In June 2020, Prime Minister Imran Khan referred to Al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden as a "Martyr" in the country's Parliament. Last month, Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged the presence of UN Designated Terrorist, Dawood Ibrahim on its territory". Veronica said that Pakistani officials have time and again confessed; the country continues to be a safe haven for terrorists and terrorist organizations. "The UN Security Council's consolidated list of terrorist individuals and entities includes 146 entries from Pakistan. With all due respect, I am compelled to ask. Why is Pakistan still a member of this august Council?", she said in her intervention.
India's Permanent Representative to United Nations TS Tirumurti spoke on the upcoming General Assembly session. Tirumurti said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address will be the highlight of India's participation. PM Modi will participate in two debates in the high-level segments beginning from September 21. "This time UN General Assembly will be historic and in more than one way. India's highlight will be participation of PM Modi in two debates. First is a general debate where he will deliver our national statement. Other is the high-level plenary meeting to commemorate UN's 75th anniversary. PM's address will certainly be the highlight of our participation in UNGA," Tirumurti said. He added. "We are entering UN Security Council at a very interesting if not critical juncture. We will be entering Security Council during the 75th year of UN. The world is different from the one that was when we were last in council. We have set forth our priorities which include peace & security related issues."
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The United States on Monday will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran's nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, a senior U.S. official said, putting teeth behind U.N. sanctions on Tehran that Washington argues have resumed despite the opposition of allies and adversaries. Gloria Tso reports.
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'Saturday Night Live' is returning to the iconic Studio 8H to start its 46th season on NBC, David Harbour and Singer Lily Allen just got married and Megyn Kelly is launching her own independent production company, Devil May Care Media, with podcasts.
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