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President Rouhani: History to Remember UN Silence on US Economic Terrorism against Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres blasted the world body for keeping mum on Washington's economic terrorism against his country.

During the meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, President Rouhani criticized the UN silence and inaction on the US crimes against the people of Iran, as well as the Zionist Regime’s crimes in the region.

“The Iranian nation will overcome these problems one way or another, but the sigma of an aggressive government committing all these crimes against a nation using economic terrorism and the United Nations staying silent will be remembered in history,” he said.

On the fragile conditions of the region, the Iranian president said, “Today, Palestine is going through tough times and the Zionist Regime is committing acts of aggression against Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq on a daily basis, and the United Nations is silent on these crimes.”

Rouhani further said Iran stands ready to continue its constructive cooperation with the UN regarding the crises in Syria and Yemen.

“This approach needs to be changed and this important international organization must carry out its responsibilities,” he said.

Rouhani also highlighted the Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE) – an Iranian initiative aimed at ensuring security in the Persian Gulf region in cooperation with neighbors – and said the “new serious measure” needs the UN’s contribution.

Guterres, for his part, praised Iran’s HOPE initiative and its efforts to help solve the Yemen conflict, create Syria’s constitutional committee and advance the Astana peace process.

He also voiced the UN’s full support for the 2015 nuclear deal, officially named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying it is more than just an agreement as the international document has been endorsed by a UN Security Council resolution.

Addressing the UNGA on Wednesday, President Rouhani unveiled Iran’s new initiative for the establishment of peace and security in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, and said, ” The goal of the Coalition for Hope is to promote peace, stability, progress and welfare for all the residents of the Strait of Hormuz region, and to enhance mutual understanding and peaceful and friendly relations amongst them.”

“This initiative includes various venues for cooperation, such as the collective supply of energy security, freedom of navigation and free transfer of oil and other resources to and from the Strait of Hormuz and beyond,” he added.

“The Coalition for Hope is based on important principles such as compliance with the goals and principles of the United Nations, mutual respect, equal footing, dialog and understanding, respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty, inviolability of international borders, the peaceful settlement of all disputes, and more importantly, the two fundamental principles of non-aggression and non-interference in the domestic affairs of each other. The presence of the United Nations is necessary for the creation of an international umbrella in support of the Coalition for Hope,” President Rouhani underlined.

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