“Raisi continues to fool the international community in a speech filled with lies and cynicism,” the Foreign Ministry said after Iran’s president spoke to the UNGA.

 Iran's President's Ebrahim Raisi remotely addresses the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly by pre-recorded video in New York City, US, September 21, 2021. (photo credit: REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ/POOL)
Iran’s President’s Ebrahim Raisi remotely addresses the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly by pre-recorded video in New York City, US, September 21, 2021.
(photo credit: REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ/POOL)
Tehran finances terrorism, poses a global threat and must never be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons, the Foreign Ministry said in response to the speech of new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to the United Nations Geberal Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday.
“Raisi continues to fool the international community in a speech filled with lies and cynicism,” the Foreign Ministry said after Raisi spoke by video at the opening session of the annual UNGA gathering.
“Iran’s ayatollah regime constitutes a clear and immediate threat to the Middle East and world peace,” it added.

 The seats reserved for Israel's delegation sit empty as US President Joe Biden speaks about Israel and Palestinians during the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City, US, September 21, 2021. (credit: REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ/POOL)The seats reserved for Israel’s delegation sit empty as US President Joe Biden speaks about Israel and Palestinians during the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City, US, September 21, 2021. (credit: REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ/POOL)

Israel has long been concerned by the Iranian regime, but it has been worried specifically by the hardline Raisi since he took office in June, given his involvement in political executions in 1988.
“The new government in Iran, headed by the “Butcher of Tehran” Raisi, and consisting largely of ministers suspected of [committing acts of] terrorism and [whose names are] on global sanctions lists, is the extremist face of a regime that has brought harm to Iranian citizens for over forty years. Iran encourages and finances terrorism, which is destabilizing the entire Middle East,” the Foreign Ministry said.
“The international community must condemn the Iranian regime and prevent any possibility of nuclear capabilities and weapons falling into the hands of these extremists.”
The Islamic Republic does not recognize Israel and never refers to it by name. At the UNGA, Raisi said that “the occupier Zionist regime is the organizer of the biggest state terrorism whose agenda is to slaughter women and children in Gaza and the West Bank.”
His speech, however, focused on presenting Iran as a moderate positive force in the region and on painting the United States as a country that is at war with the world.
“Today, the world doesn’t care about America First,” Raisi said. “Over the past decade the US has a been making the mistake of modifying its “war of war” with the world, instead of changing its “way of life.”
Its attempt to westernize the Middle East has failed, Raisi said. “Today, the US does not get to exit [from] Afghanistan, but [rather] is expelled,” he said.
He took issue, in particular, with the crippling sanctions that the Trump administration imposed on his country in an attempt to pressure it to negotiate a new nuclear deal.
Raisi said that such sanctions were “a crime against humanity.”
The US uses sanctions as a “new way of war with the nations of the world,” Raisi said, adding that his country would not succumb to pressure when it came to a deal over its nuclear program.
In 2018, the Trump administration pulled out of the 2015 JCPOA signed between Tehran and the major world powers: China, Russia, France, Germany and Britain.
Since taking office in January, US President Joe Biden has sought to revive the deal, but EU-brokered indirect talks held last in June have faltered. On Tuesday Iran said it would agree to resume such talks in a number of weeks, but did not set a date.
Over the last few years Iran has stopped adhering to the restrictions set in the deal on the enrichment of uranium and has done so to a near weapons grade level.
In his speech, Biden linked sanctions relief to the Iranian return to the 2015 deal, noting that it would remove the sanctions if Iran would comply with the nuclear limits set by the deal.
Raisi, in his speech hours later, however, denied that his country was out of compliance. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has persistently reported that Iran has exceeded the limits for uranium enrichment set by the deal.
In his speech, however, Raisi said that the IAEA had found his country to be in compliance with the deal.
“Fifteen reports released by the IAEA have attested to the adherence of Iran to its commitments. However, the US has not yet discharged its obligation to lift the sanctions. It has encouraged the agreement, withdrawn from it and levied more sanctions against my people,” he said.
Raisi added that his country did not trust the US and its promises.
He also swore that his country had no intention of producing nuclear weapons.
“It is the strategic policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to consider the production and stockpiling of atomic weapons as forbidden based on the religious doctrine by His Eminence, the Supreme Leader, and Nukes have no place in our deference policy. The Islamic Republic considers the useful talks, whose ultimate outcome is the lifting of all sanctions,” Raisi said.
Reuters contributed to this report.


by i24 News

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks about Afghanistan, from the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. August 26, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

i24 News – US President Joe Biden said Tuesday that a sovereign and democratic Palestinian state is the “best way” to ensure Israel’s future.

“We must seek a future of greater peace and security for all people of the Middle East,” Biden said in a speech to the UN General Assembly.

“The commitment of the United States to Israel’s security is without question and our support for an independent Jewish state is unequivocal,” he said.

“But I continue to believe that a two-state solution is the best way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish democratic state, living in peace alongside a viable, sovereign and democratic Palestinian state,” he said.

“We’re a long way from that goal at this moment but we should never allow ourselves to give up on the possibility of progress.”


In first UN address, Biden defended the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and expressed support for the two-state solution

  1.  US President Joe Biden addresses the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City (photo credit: REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ/POOL)
US President Joe Biden addresses the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City
(photo credit: REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ/POOL)
WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden addressed the UN General Assembly in New York for the first time since taking office on Tuesday. He called on world leaders to join forces “to build a better future” and to address joint challenges such as climate change and COVID-19.
He also dedicated parts of his speech to defend the US’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. “I stand here today for the first time in 20 years with the United States not at war. We’ve turned the page,” Biden said. “All the unmatched strength, energy, commitment, will, and resources, our nation are now fully and squarely focused on what’s ahead of us, not what was behind.”
“We’ve ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan, and as we close this period of relentless war, we’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy,” said Biden.
He said that the US is ready to return to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran if the Islamic Republic would do the same. “The United States remains committed to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon,” Biden said. “We are working with the P5+1 to engage Iran diplomatically, to seek a return to the JCPOA. We are prepared to return to full compliance if Iran does the same.”
He also voiced support for the two-state solution but recognized that we are “a long way from that goal at the moment.”
“The commitment of United States to Israel’s security is without question and our support for an independent Jewish state is unequivocal, but I continue to believe that the two-state solution is the best way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish democratic state, living in peace, alongside a viable, sovereign and democratic Palestinian state,” said Biden. “We’re a long way from that goal at this moment, but we must never allow ourselves to give up on the possibility of progress.”

 The sun shines behind the United Nations Secretariat Building at the United Nations Headquarters. New York City, New York, U.S., June 18, 2021.  (credit: REUTERS/ANDREW KELLY/FILE PHOTO)The sun shines behind the United Nations Secretariat Building at the United Nations Headquarters. New York City, New York, U.S., June 18, 2021. (credit: REUTERS/ANDREW KELLY/FILE PHOTO)

Speaking about the aftermath of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, Biden said that “those who commit acts of terrorism against us will continue to find a determined enemy in the United States.”
“The world today is not the world of 2001, though,” Biden noted. “And the United States is not the same country we were when we were attacked on 9/11, 20 years ago. Today, we’re better equipped to detect and prevent terrorist threats and we are more resilient in our ability to repel them and to respond,” he said.
“We’ll meet terrorist threats that arise today and in the future with a full range of tools available to us, including working in cooperation with local partners, so that we need not be so reliant on large-scale military deployments,” he continued.
He went on to say that US military power “must be our tool of last resort not our first and should not be used as an answer to every problem we see around the world.”
Speaking about the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden said that many of the world’s greatest concerns “cannot be solved or even addressed through the force of arms.”
“Bombs and bullets cannot defend against Covid-19 or its future variants,” he said. “To fight this pandemic, we need a collective act of science and political will. We need to get shots in arms as fast as possible and expand access to oxygen, tests, treatments to save lives around the world.”
He called on world leaders to work together to address climate challenges. “To keep within our reach the vital goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius, every nation needs to bring their highest possible ambitions to the table when we meet in Glasgow for COP26,” he said.