Trump called other countries to respond to Iran, Rouhani wants to create “coalition of hope”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wants a “coalition of hope” in the Gulf on Wednesday after the US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (September 24) labeled Iran as a “bloodlust” and called other countries to give pressure on Iran because of involving in the Saudi oil plants attacks.
President Donald Trump speaks at the UNGA (photo: CNA)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wished to form a “coalition of hope” in the Gulf that “will secure freedom of navigation, flow of energy and the regional stability in the Persian Gulf” on Wednesday before having his speech at UNGA, according to a senior Iranian official.
On Tuesday (September 24), President Donald Trump had called other countries to punish Iran and described Iran as a “bloodlust” after the Saudi oil attacks.
He spoke at the United Nations National Assembly (UNGA) “All nations have a duty to act. No responsible government should subsidize Iran’s bloodlust. As long as Iran’s menacing behavior continues, sanctions will not be lifted, they will be tightened”.
President Rouhani, afterward, blamed the US for launching the airstrikes in Syria and told “and today America unfortunately is a supporter of terrorism in our region. And wherever America has gone, terrorism has expanded in their wake” in the interview with Fox News Channel.
However, he suggested that Iran could talk with world powers for “small changes, additions or amendments” to 2015 nuclear deal if the sanctions was lifted. He said the sanction “is a type of terrorism, this is inhumane. And if there is a cessation to this, then, of course, the atmosphere will change”.
The UK, France and Germany had urged Iran to sit in the negotiation table to discuss nuclear and regional security issues in spite of being in the side with the US to accuse Iran of participating in the Saudi Aramco’s oil facilities attacks on September 14.
They presented their statement “The time has come for Iran to accept negotiation on a long-term framework for its nuclear program as well as on issues related to regional security, including its missiles program and other means of delivery”.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met French President Emmanuel Macron (photo: Aljazeera)
Nevertheless, French President Emmanuel Macron said “I believe that the conditions in this context for a rapid return to negotiations have been created. It’s now up to the Iranians and the United States to seize these conditions and work together to relaunch momentum”.
Moreover, he considered "I don't think in the coming weeks and months there will be an opportunity for him [Rouhani] to come back to the US, and I don't think President Trump will be going to Tehran".
He also gave an advice for both the US and Iran "It's a physical opportunity to seize because I think the best way to start a negotiation is to have a meeting, have a frank discussion between the two main protagonists".
The attacks on Saudi Arabia’s state – owned oil company Aramco on September 14 was a chunk on the progress of the US – Iran reaching to the meeting in a sideline of UNGA for a nuclear talks.
Although the Houthi rebels had claimed their responsibility, the US and its allies insisted on Iran’s role in the attacks for the reason that Iran backed Houthis in the Yemen war to fight against Yemeni government’s side.
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif had even warned to drag the US and its allies into an “all – out war” if they stroke Iran on September 19.
Reuters, Aljazeera ( Van Nguyen )