Rouhani: We will respond decisively to any violation of the nuclear agreement

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani delivers remarks at a news conference during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, US September 20, 2017. (Reuters)

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said on Wednesday that Tehran would respond “decisively and forcefully to any violation by any party to the nuclear agreement,” stressing that “Iran will not be the first to violate the nuclear agreement.”

“The nuclear deal belongs to the international community, not one party,” Rohani said in a speech to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. He also stated that US President Donald Trump’s speech was “unfounded before the General Assembly.”

The Iranian president said “the nuclear agreement is a model for what can be produced by dialogue,” recalling that “the nuclear agreement was the result of two years of hard work that belongs to the international community.”

“We want a stable area and invite those who want peace to a joint venture,” he said. He also stressed that “Iran has never sought to achieve deterrence through nuclear weapons .. Our missile capabilities are a deterrent weapon to maintain security and stability in the region only.”

“There are countries that accuse Iran of destabilizing the region in order to increase its sales of weapons,” Rowhani said.

He stressed that “Iran does not seek to export the revolution by force of arms .. Iran's moderate policy of rejection of isolation or hegemony .. We will continue to defend the oppressed without the threat of any state.”

“Our economy has been one of the most important emerging economies in the last 20 years,” said Rowhani. “We are working on infrastructure development in Iran and other sectors of the economy.”

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