Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rebuked President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his "ignorant, absurd and hateful" speech a day earlier at the United Nations.
In his 23-minute address, the Iranian president said that it would be a pity if the nuclear deal were undone by “rogue newcomers to the world of politics."
“By violating its international commitments, the new US administration only destroys its own credibility and undermines international confidence in negotiating with it or accepting its word or promise,” Rouhani said.
Rouhani vowed that Iran would not walk away from the historic 2015 nuclear deal. Rouhani also dismissed allegations that his country obtained nuclear weapons.
“Iran does not seek to restore its ancient empire, impose its official religion on others or export its revolution through the force of arms,” he said.
Rouhani's comments about the American president come a day after Trump denounced Iran in his speech at the U.N. Trump said that Iran is a “murderous regime” and compared it to North Korea.
“We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program,” President Trump said. “The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”
Rouhani says that it will be detrimental to the United States if it ends the nuclear deal with Iran.
Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he has decided on whether to end the deal, but did not disclose his decision.
In July, the Trump administration placed new sanctions on Iran that were designated toward 18 individuals and entities that the administration said were involved in missile development activities.
“The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East, which undermine regional stability, security, and prosperity,” the announcement said.
Under the new sanctions, Americans are prevented from doing business with the designated people and entities.