In an address to the UN General Assembly, President Rouhani reaffirmed that “we remain committed to our promises in the [nuclear] deal. However, our patience has a limit”. He also declared that Iran would “never negotiate with an enemy that seeks to force Iran to surrender with the weapon of poverty, pressure and sanction… stop the sanctions so as to open the war for the start of negotiations”. Rouhani also asserted that “the security doctrine of the Islamic Republic of Iran is based on the maintenance of peace and stability in the Persian Gulf and providing freedom of movement in the Strait of Hormuz. Recent incidents have seriously endangered such security”. He went on to “invite all the countries directly affected by the developments in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz to the ‘Coalition for Hope’, meaning Hormuz Peace Endeavour”. “The security of the region shall be provided when American troops pull out”, Rouhani argued, further stating that “our region is on the edge of collapse, as a single blunder can fuel a big fire. We shall not tolerate the provocative intervention of foreigners… however, the alternative and proper solution for us is to strengthen consolidation among all the nations with common interests in the Persian Gulf and the Hormuz region”. Foreign Minister Zarif subsequently explained that the Hormuz Peace Endeavour involved “dialogue, confidence-building, freedom of navigation, energy security, non-aggression and non-intervention”.
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