Iranian president says Iran not "a bargaining chip" in U.S. elections, domestic policy

Source: Xinhua| 2020-09-23 03:30:51|Editor: huaxia

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday told the General Debate of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) that Iran is not "a bargaining chip" in the U.S. elections and domestic policy.

"Dignity and prosperity of our nation are essential for us; and they are attained through diplomacy relying on national will coupled with resilience," the Iranian president told the UNGA's virtual summit, noting that "we are not a bargaining chip in U.S. elections and domestic policy."

"The United States can impose neither negotiations nor war on us," Rouhani said. "Life is hard under sanctions. However, harder is life without independence."

"Any U.S. administration after the upcoming elections will have no choice but to surrender to the resilience of the Iranian nation," Rouhani said at the summit in a pre-recorded speech.

"And for the world: Today is the time to say 'no' to bullying and arrogance. The era of dominance and hegemony is long over. Our nations and children deserve a better and safer world based on the rule of law," Rouhani said.

"Now is the time for the right choice," the president noted.

The United States on Monday announced fresh sanctions and measures against entities and individuals related to Iranian nuclear and conventional weapons programs, a move to support its self-claimed UN "snapback" sanctions widely ignored by the international community.

The overwhelming majority of UN Security Council members asserted that the United States has no right to invoke the "snapback" mechanism as the country is no longer a participant following its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018. Enditem