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Trump and Rouhani Flex Muscles on Nuclear Deal



Trump and Rouhani Flex Muscles on Nuclear Deal

US and Iran differ apart in their views

US President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani have maintained their positions intact on nuclear deal, spread of terrorism in the region and if Tehran regime was a “dictator” or most “democratic” establishment in the region. However, nuclear deal was the focal point, where both leaders shared their opinion on the “resolved but vexed” issue to the world community.

Donald Trump, on Tuesday addressed for the first time at UN General Assembly while Hassan Rouhani answered media quaries on the sensitive issues prevailing on the present US administration since January this year and even beyond: during the run-up for the Presidential elections. Both the leaders have expressed their views on situation in Syria, Iraq and other countries in the region.

President Trump spent almost ten percent of his 42,23 word-speech on Iran related issues, indicating that Iran is one of his priority areas in the US foreign policy. Trump chose to begin with describing the nature of the Iranian government as “corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy” responsible for turning wealthy country into “an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos”.

He said that “longest suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are, in fact, its own people” while “its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbours.”

Trump has been actively involved in bringing Arab countries closer to Israel. His maiden foreign visit took him first to Saudi Arabia and then to Israel earlier this year. Now there is a proposal of starting direct passenger flights between Tel Aviv and Riyadh.

Trump further said that Iranian wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran’s people, also goes to shore up Basher al-Assad’s dictatorship, fuel Yemen’s civil war and undermine peace through the entire Middle East.

Then President Trump said, “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.”

He further said, “The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it. Believe me.”

Donald Trump, continuing his address to the world leaders at UN General Assembly, tried to gather international support to his Iran policy saying, “It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction. It is time for the (Iranian) regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained.”

He demanded that, “Iran’s government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbours. 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.”  This is what causes the regime to restrict internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protesters, and imprison political reformers, he added.

Trump argued for the regime change in Tehran saying, “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 reminded about his recent visit to Saudi Arabia and the commitment by a large number of heads of Muslim states for fighting against terrorism. He said, “The Iranian regime’s support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbours to fight terrorism and halt its finance, and in Saudi Arabia early last year, I was greatly honoured to address the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations.” He said, “We agreed that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamic extremism that inspires them.”

On the contrary, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who has recently been re-elected for the second term in office remained busy with his scheduled meetings on Tuesday in New York. Most American media houses wanted to interview President Rouhani. However Iranian diplomats granted face-to-face interview to renowned CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour of Iranian origin and NBC News.

Rouhani also met with heads and editors-in-chief of several  media houses and foreign policy elites and interacted polite interaction on a wide range of issues.

He will address the UN General Assembly on Wednesday local time. New York is nine and half hours behind New Delhi time.

Reacting to Trump’s threat of exiting the nuclear deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), President Hassan Rouhani told NBC News, “The exiting of the United States from such an agreement would carry a high cost, meaning that subsequent to such an action by the United States of America, no one will trust America again.”

He further elaborated about the long diplomatic exercise culminating into the nuclear deal signed in 2015 saying, “Every word was analyzed many times by countries involved before its ratification, so if the United States were to not adhere to the commitments and trample upon this agreement, this will mean that it will carry with it the lack of subsequent trust from countries towards the United States because the greatest capital that any country has is trust and credibility.”

He clarified about Iran’s intention in case US withdraws from the nuclear deal saying, “We can easily go back to previous conditions if counterparts were to not live up to their commitments. But you do know fairly well that Iran will not be the initiator of this return to that path,” he assured. Moreover he dismisses the US apprehensions about probable nuclear weapons program saying, “So we will never go towards production of nuclear weapons, just as in the past we never intended to go towards that path nor did we ever. It has always been peaceful.”

During his meeting with Editors in-Chief of American media houses, Iranian President was quoted saying, “Therefore, whatever happens in the JCPOA, Iran is victorious. Of course, if the United States exits the agreement, it will suffer losses and if it stays, it will benefit. We are ready for any situation and we have no problem to continue our journey, but if the United States wants to withdraw its commitment, it means that the agreement is undermined, in which case, Iran may choose another way”.

Rouhani referred to the recent presidential election in Iran and said: “People’s turnout by 73% shows that Iran is run based on people’s will and democracy”.  He further said, “The attendance of 41 million Iranians at the ballot boxes was the best response of the Iranian nation to the threats of some countries and the words of Trump, and Iranians showed that they believe in their system and democracy and choose their officials at the ballot box”.

Iranian President clarified that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the supervisory agency in all of its seven quarterly reports has emphasised that Iran has fully complied with its obligations. “Therefore if the US government breaks this obligation, it will bear all the losses and responsibilities and will show that Iran is a country that adheres to its obligations and that America is a country that no one can trust, because it may agree some day and, with the coming of another government, all those agreements will be violated”.

It would be rather useful to recall that George Bush-II had announced billions of dollars for promoting anti Tehran regime forces to overturn the Iranian government. Disturbances after re-election of Mehmoud Ahmedinejad in 2009 as country’s President were seen as part of the Washington strategy.

Syria and Iraq have also been matters of different strategies pursued by Washington and Tehran. Both governments claim of heir important contribution in fighting against IS and other terror groups in Iraq. However, US claims of supporting  to anti-Bashar al-Assad elements except IS in Syria. Russia and Iran support Bashar al-Assad regime in Damascus.

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda says statements on reclaiming Katchatheevu island from Sri Lanka have no ground

Devananda told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about Katchatheevu as elections are taking place in India.



Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda has said the statements from some political leaders in India on reclaiming Katchatheevu from the island nation have no ground. He told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about the strategic island as elections are taking place in India.

The Sri Lankan Minister said he thought India is acting on its interests to secure this place to ensure Sri Lankan fishermen would not have any access to that area and that Sri Lanka should not claim any rights in that resourceful area. According to the 1974 agreement, Devananda said Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen can go fishing in the territorial waters of both countries until the pact was reviewed and amended in 1976.

The amended agreement resulted in fishermen from both countries being barred from fishing in neighboring waters. India’s ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday steered clear of the row surrounding Katchatheevu island. To a volley of questions on the Katchatheevu issue, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal reffered to External affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s recent comments on the matter.

He said he would like to talk about the issue that has been raised. He added the External Affairs minister has spoken to the press here in Delhi and also in Gujarat and has clarified all the issues. He said everyone should look into the press engagements and they would find the answers to their questions there.

The remarks from Devananda, a Sri Lankan Tamil, came days after the Narendra Modi government accused the Congress and its ally DMK in Tamil Nadu of overlooking national interests by handing over Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka in 1974. The BJP has also been slamming the 2 parties for not ensuring the rights of the fishermen wanting to fish in waters around the island.

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US reiterates its call for fair, transparent, legal process for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, speaks on Congress frozen accounts

The US spokesperson said that they are also aware of the Congress party’s allegations that tax authorities have frozen some of their bank accounts in a manner that will make it challenging to effectively campaign in the upcoming elections.



A day after India summoned an US diplomat over their remarks on the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the liquor policy case, the US reiterated its call for fair, transparent, timely legal processes on Wednesday.

Responding to questions on India summoning Gloria Berbena, the US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in New Delhi, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said that they will continue to follow these actions closely, including the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Notably, the meeting at the foreign ministry’s South Block office lasted nearly 40 minutes yesterday with India objecting strongly to the US remarks on the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal.

Matthew Miller also responded to a question on the Congress party’s frozen bank accounts. The US spokesperson said that they are also aware of the Congress party’s allegations that tax authorities have frozen some of their bank accounts in a manner that will make it challenging to effectively campaign in the upcoming elections. He added that the US encourages fair, transparent and timely legal processes for each of the issues.

Arvind Kejriwal was arrested last week by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection to the Delhi liquor policy scam. Earlier, AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain and Sanjay Singh were arrested in the same case.

The External Affairs Ministry had earlier stated that states are expected to be respectful of the sovereignty and internal affairs of others, and this responsibility is even more so in case of fellow democracies, adding that it could otherwise end up setting unhealthy precedents.

The Ministry further emphasized that India’s legal processes are based on an independent judiciary which is committed to objective and timely outcomes. It mentioned that casting aspersions on India’s legal procedure is unwarranted.

The United State’s remarks followed days after Germany’s Foreign Office stressed that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is entitled to a fair and impartial trial. The Indian government labelled their remark as blatant interference in internal matters.

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5 Chinese nationals killed in suicide bomb attack in Pakistan

This is the third major attack on Chinese interests in Pakistan within a week.



Nearly five Chinese nationals were killed in an explosion during an attack on their convoy by a suicide bomber in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday. Reportedly, the suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a convoy of Chinese engineers travelling from Islamabad to their camp in Dasu, situated in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Regional police chief Mohammad Ali Gandapur said that five Chinese nationals and their Pakistani driver were killed in the attack. As yet, none has claimed responsibility for the attack. Bisham Station House Officer (SHO) Bakht Zahir asserted that the incident was a suicide blast and the authorities concerned were collecting the evidence.

The Station House Officer further added that security arrangements were tightened at the spot and the bodies were being shifted to a hospital. He added that they will investigate from where and how the vehicle of a suicide bomber came and how it happened. Notably, this is the third major attack on Chinese interests in Pakistan within a week.

Previously, two attacks hit an airbase and a strategic port in the southwest province of Balochistan where China is investing billions in infrastructure projects. Several Chinese engineers and Pakistani construction workers have for multiple years been working on hydroelectric projects as part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative in the western province of Khyber-Paktunkhwa.

Notably, Dasu is home to a significant dam project, has been a target of previous attacks. Earlier in 2021, the attack in Dasu resulted in the deaths of nine Chinese nationals, along with two Pakistani children. The incident occured when a bus carrying Chinese engineers and workers to the Dasu Hydropower Project site was targeted.

There was confusion surrounding the nature of the attack initially, with some reports suggesting it was a bus accident. Nonetheless, subsequent investigations revealed that it was indeed a terrorist attack. The bus was hit by a blast, leading it to plunge into a ravine.

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