At UN, Trump pours cold water on Iran’s hopes

Hamid Bahrami
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“We cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for eventual construction of a nuclear program”.

These words were enough to prompt a grimace from the Iranian regime’s representative as he listened to President Trump’s first speech at the UN General Assembly, where world political leaders gather every year.


All journalists were focused on President Trump’s remarks as he is famous around the world for being an unpredictable political leader, which brings media attention.

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His speech totted a full package of fiery and logic words about most important subjects such as the US national interests, the threats from North Korea, Iran’s malign activities in the Middle East and the refugee crisis.

Highlighting the various threats posed by the regime in Tehran, the US president mentioned Iran 11 times during his speech indicating that Tehran’s destabilizing actions in the region will be one of the most crucial issues for the US foreign policy.

The US president also launched a vitriolic attack on the catastrophic nuclear agreement, the Join Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and described it as “an embarrassment to the United States” and “the worst and most one-sided transactions the United State has ever entered into”.

Although everyone expected that Trump to point finger at the Iranian regime, the amount of time spent on concerns related to Iran sent a strong message

Hamid Bahrami

Appeasers and proponents

Iran’s president had hoped that his participation at the General Assembly would help appeasers and proponents of the agreement to defend the nuclear deal but these words show that the US foreign policy team will not condone Iran’s infractions.

Indeed, President Trump allocated more than four minutes of his 42 minutes speech to Iran as he harshly criticized the regime’s destructive behavior in the four corners of the Middle East. “Iran’s government must stop supporting terrorists and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors”, the US president said in his remarks.

Although everyone expected that Trump to point finger at the Iranian regime, the amount of time spent on concerns related to Iran sent a strong message to the Iranian authorities and leaders to be careful.

Democratic aspirations

For Iranian people, a vital part of president Trump’s speech was about change in the country. He started by calling the regime a corrupt dictatorship and carried on to say words, which would have been punishable by death if uttered in Iran.

He pointed out that “The longest suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are, in fact, its own people”, and went on to criticize the Iranian government for using the country’s resources and oil revenues to support terrorism in the Middle East instead of improving people’s live.

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It is worth noting that anyone in Iran who uttered these words would be sent to the gallows immediately. In a direct acknowledgement of the Iranian people’s democratic aspirations, president Trump said: “The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most.”

“Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the people will face a choice. Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed and terror, or will the Iranian people return to the nation’s proud roots as a centre of civilization, culture and wealth, where their people can be happy and prosperous once again?” he asked.

As he was addressing the Iranian people, the Iranian regime’s representative was moped.
Freelance journalist Hamid Bahrami has served as political prisoner in Iran. He is a human rights and political activist living in Glasgow, Scotland. His works covers Iran’s destructive actions in the Middle East and social crackdown in Iran. He tweets at @HaBahrami & blogs at analyzecom.

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