19 September 2023

Addressing the 78th UN General Assembly, President Biden remarked that “we’re working with our partners to address Iran’s destabilising activities that threaten regional and global security and remain steadfast in our commitment that Iran must never acquire a nuclear weapon”. During the same event, President Raisi criticised the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA and said: “America has actually prescribed lawlessness and coercion instead of cooperation… America needs to prove by building trust that it has good intentions and has a real will to fulfil its commitments and finalise the path. The Europeans, who after years of not adhering to their commitments, including the cancellation of sanctions, are now violating the JCPOA and UN Security Council Resolution 2231”. He further insisted that “nuclear weapons have no place in the defence doctrine of the Islamic Republic of Iran”, adding: “Iran will in no way abandon the inalienable rights of its nation to peacefully benefit from nuclear technology”.

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